Canvas Category Machinery : Special Purpose : Injection Moulding
Founded in 2000, Noble Plastics began as a local, woman-owned family business pursuing accuracy and uniformity of difficult-to-mold plastic parts. Hard to find in the Gulf Coast region, we sought to change the process by utilizing a scientific approach and consistently introducing innovative technologies. This includes the automation of each of our manufacturing cells and the implementation of Industry 4.0. Our manufacturing services have been implemented in the energy sector, consumer, automotive, and defense industries for over 20 years. We’ve developed extensive expertise in 6-axis flexible automation systems for our manufacturing plant since 2003, and became a FANUC integrator to develop custom systems and manufacturing cells. As we employ the latest technology, we are committed to the development of smart solutions for manufacturing, automation, and reliable process monitoring and improvement. Noble Plastics is focused on being proactive on our manufacturing floor and providing solutions to help you be proactive on yours.
Fast, Easy Six-Axis Robot Integration Created by a Molder for Molders
For Scott and his staff, few tools are more critical to profitability and efficiency than automation, which is why Noble Plastics has Fanuc six-axis robots on all its injection machines. The integration was performed inhouse with the philosophy that, as Rogers puts it, “The robot should be a partner for the operator, not a hindrance.” After 20-plus years of robot integration experience and eight years as an authorized integrator for Fanuc robots, Noble Plastics is now launching a turnkey package of a robot, basic and intuitive user interface, end-of-arm tooling (EOAT)—if desired, integration with the injection machine controls, job-specific programming and operator training. “We can do all this faster and at lower cost than your average integrator,” Rogers says, “and the end result is easier for the operator to use.”
Systems can be delivered in as little as 2 to 4 weeks and commissioned in 1 to 2 days, vs. up to 4 to 6 months. All this adds up to what Rogers thinks is a unique set of capabilities to serve injection molding customers in need of highly flexible automation. Is six-axis an expensive solution? Not if you make good use of its capabilities, says Rogers. “Depending on how many shifts you run, it could be $2 to $5/hr. And there are some things you can do with a six-axis that you can’t do with human operators or any other kind of robot.”