Robotic End Effector Use in an Injection Molding Plant
Abstract: The modern injection molding plant utilizes a wide variety of tools and equipment to create the highly-engineered components used in today's consumable, electronic, and drug delivery devices. While the molding machine may be the star of the show, it is the robotic arm and customized end effectors which provide the critical post-processing help necessary to fabricate such components.
In this lecture, an overview of the current injection molding process will be provided with a focus being paid to autonomous support systems necessary for product quality and cost reduction. The audience will be exposed to molding machines, robotic arms, cavity segregation, degating/trimming, flexing of living hinges, and other processes. Attention will be paid to design constraints, pros and cons of different methodologies, and other concerns affecting the design and automation engineers during the system ramp up phase.
Bio: Tim Baird is a mechanical engineer by day and a wanna-be author by night. Working as an Assembly Process Engineer at Nypro Healthcare in Clinton, Tim works with an array of pharma companies to help refine their designs and assembly methodologies to deliver the best possible product and experience to the patient. Having worked in the field for almost 15 years, Tim started at Nypro immediately after completing D-term 2004 at WPI. A lifelong academic, Tim has received a BS in Mechanical Engineering (2004, WPI), an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2008, WPI), and an MS in Management (2014, Worcester State).
In his free time away from work, Tim enjoys writing fantasy stories with a science fiction twist. He currently has two published novels available, 'The Dragon in the Whites' and 'Washington's Dragon Hunter', which are Books One & Two of a three parts series. Book Three is being written now and should be done by Summer 2019. For fun, Tim volunteers with several youth organizations, primarily the FIRST Robotics Competition. The 2019 FRC season will be his 21st season involved with the high school competition and he loves every minute of it.
When Tim is not building assembly equipment, designing robots, or writing his next novel, he enjoys quiet time along with his wife and son.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Foisie Innovation Studio, FI 20