Case Study – Industrial Printing Solutions
Engineered Printing Solutions Case Study #1:
An automotive firm required assistance in gaining efficiencies in their molding and decorating process. They wanted to eliminate staging / moving parts around the facility, and to be able to print parts at the mold. The part required a custom machine as the print was not only multi-color, but on multiple planes. The customer also wanted a machine that would require as little human intervention as possible.
This required a machine that would fit in the constraints of their molding cell, capable of picking freshly molded parts from a conveyor, orienting and placing the parts onto custom tooling. The parts were then printed and automatically removed for post-print handling / inspection / packing.
The same parts could be used for different applications, so it was also necessary to provide an efficient way to change the images.
We provided a fully automated KP-08 with multiple heads with independent pads, plus automated loading and unloading. The unit was configured to integrate with the customer’s mold, so if one or the other components experienced a fault a “parts buffer” could accommodate any intermittent pauses, but also allowed for a full shut-down, if required.
Engineered Printing Solutions Case Study #2:
A large plastic injection molding firm asked for assistance with a change in their production requirements, based on their customer’s ordering preferences.
The facility is highly automated and parts are printed in-line. However, the customer was seeing their market shift toward multi-color images, as well as shorter print runs on the same series of molded parts. Their current technology allowed only single-color images, and required a minimum of 30-45 minutes for job changeovers, and more if the color had to change, as well.
We offered a solution based around our own industrial inkjet technology, which provide the following advantages:
- No loss in throughput
- Multi-color images
- Less ink waste
- Immediate curing
- Job changeover in seconds, not minutes
- Order entry could be done remotely, integrating with their own software
- Parts could also be counted, bagged and bags labeled automatically
Our industrial inkjet printer was able to be easily integrated with third-party provided feeding systems as well as the bagger / label unit on the back end.
This custom solution has allowed our client to be more flexible and more responsive to their customer’s wishes, while saving labor as well as reducing waste re: parts and ink.