Helping injection moulding shops take control


Enhanced control and software functionality are among the customer-focused benefits provided by the ROBOSHOT Alpha-SiBfrom FANUC

The ROBOSHOT ALPHA-SiB series of injection moulding machines from FANUC offers numerous enhancements to the machine’s control, software and performance. According to the manufacturer, both OEM mould shops and contract moulding facilities are set to benefit from this advanced new machine.

According to FANUC, central to the enhancements in the ROBOSHOT ALPHA-SiB is the new high-performance PANEL iH Pro user interface, which features a large 21.5” display with full HD resolution – improving on the previously available resolution by a factor of 2.6. Supported by additional keys for more functionality, the new HMI facilitates quicker set-ups, enhanced data viewing and improved graphics. Moreover, with its Windows 10 IoT-based operating system, the PANEL iH Pro makes data collection easy, particularly with multi-USB connectivity for memory sticks (USB 3.0 capable), camera, 2D code reader, RFID devices and more.

The new control offers a flexible screen layout, including split-screen display capability that provides customers with dual functionality. 

Additional software functionality has also been added to the new machine. These include auto-shutdown sequence, pre-suck back function, automatic start-up parameter change, operator management function and resin character evaluation.

The optional FANUC Linki2 production and quality information management tool now supports web browsers on PC and tablet devices and, thanks to embedded OPC-UA communications capability, interfaces are available for EUROMAP 77 and 63 to permit data exchange with ERP or MES systems.

Another software enhancement set to benefit customers is preventative maintenance through machine learning, thanks to expanded AI functionality. 

In support of the faster response times provided by the PANEL iH Pro HMI, notable machine performance enhancements include increased injection rates of up to 350 mm/s. Among further performance-related improvements are higher standard injection pressures, expanded screw diameter availability and the potential for up to four-axis servo-core control.


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