Robotic Pad-Printing Work Station
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont created the XE-Robot, a robotic pad-printing work station, to streamline the printing workflow and adapt to pritners’ parts-handling requirements. A four-axis SCARA (Selective Compliant Articulated Robot Arm) robot is programmed to select from six pads of different shapes and sizes and pick up a variety of inked images from six cliches, each with its own ink cup. PPMOV says a two-axis fixture assembly allows printing on five sides of the part, in multiple locations on each side. The robot also can be programmed to retrieve a pick-and-place hand, which can load and unload parts on the fixture between print cycles. A tool also can take the place of one of the pads, allowing the robot to perform drilling, screwing, or assembling functions in addition to printing. Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, 201 Tennis Way, PO Box 720, East Dorset, VT 05253, 802-362-0844, 800-272-7764, fax: 802-362-0858, Web: www.padprintmachinery.com.