Boosting Productivity and Reducing Cycle Time with VGC10 Gripper

Boosting Productivity and Reducing Cycle Time with VGC10 Gripper

Australia-based Designed Mouldings is an injection moulding specialist, producing plastic caps and seals for customers in the packaging industry. 

The Covid-19 pandemic led to border closures, causing disruptions to global supply chains. Companies in Australia turned to local manufacturers like Designed Mouldings for their production. After witnessing a spike in orders, Designed Mouldings examined their processes and found that the manual insertion of wads into plastic caps took a great deal of time. The company decided to automate the assembly process to reduce the cycle time and increase productivity. 


Simple and Effective Solution

The OnRobot VGC10 electric vacuum gripper was an obvious choice for this collaborative application. With unlimited customisation to fit various needs, the small, lightweight gripper is perfect for tight spaces and can be redeployed to multiple tasks, thereby delivering a flexible automation system. 

The VGC10 gripper – integrated with a Techman Robot cobot – works as a stand-alone system and does not require external air supply or extra cabling and piping, speeding up deployment while reducing maintenance costs. This creates a collaborative application with a small footprint – one that can be easily moved and plugged in anywhere. Importantly, it is able to work safely alongside employees; no safety fence is needed. 

Setting up the VGC10 gripper was fairly quick. Designed Mouldings completed the installation and programming within just three to four days.

“The OnRobot VGC10 gripper can easily complete a 20,000 product run in 24 hours – three times faster than if it were done manually. With a constant stream of jobs, we are expected to achieve ROI in six months,” said Paul Neumeyer, Managing Director of Designed Mouldings.

The company has also seen a reduction in material waste by one to two percent, and employees are now relieved from a tedious task, allowing them to focus on higher value jobs.

With the successful VGC10 implementation, Designed Mouldings is keen to automate other manual processes. Specifically, the company is looking to use the OnRobot RG2 gripper to assemble filters for hospitals.

 

About Designed Mouldings

Designed Mouldings is an Australian owned and operated company that was established in 1976 with the aim of servicing primarily the pharmaceutical industry with quality injection moulded components at internationally competitive prices. Our 2000m2 air-conditioned factory is located in the Southern Metropolitan area of Sydney Australia which was purposed built in 1992 for the manufacture of plastic injection moulded articles. Currently home to 18 injection moulding machines ranging in tonnage from 50-300 tonne, we have the capability to mould single or multi-piece articles.

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Boosting Productivity and Reducing Cycle Time with VGC10 Gripper

Australia-based Designed Mouldings is an injection moulding specialist, producing plastic caps and seals for customers in the packaging industry. 

The Covid-19 pandemic led to border closures, causing disruptions to global supply chains. Companies in Australia turned to local manufacturers like Designed Mouldings for their production. After witnessing a spike in orders, Designed Mouldings examined their processes and found that the manual insertion of wads into plastic caps took a great deal of time. The company decided to automate the assembly process to reduce the cycle time and increase productivity. 


Simple and Effective Solution

The OnRobot VGC10 electric vacuum gripper was an obvious choice for this collaborative application. With unlimited customisation to fit various needs, the small, lightweight gripper is perfect for tight spaces and can be redeployed to multiple tasks, thereby delivering a flexible automation system. 

The VGC10 gripper – integrated with a Techman Robot cobot – works as a stand-alone system and does not require external air supply or extra cabling and piping, speeding up deployment while reducing maintenance costs. This creates a collaborative application with a small footprint – one that can be easily moved and plugged in anywhere. Importantly, it is able to work safely alongside employees; no safety fence is needed. 

Setting up the VGC10 gripper was fairly quick. Designed Mouldings completed the installation and programming within just three to four days.

“The OnRobot VGC10 gripper can easily complete a 20,000 product run in 24 hours – three times faster than if it were done manually. With a constant stream of jobs, we are expected to achieve ROI in six months,” said Paul Neumeyer, Managing Director of Designed Mouldings.

The company has also seen a reduction in material waste by one to two percent, and employees are now relieved from a tedious task, allowing them to focus on higher value jobs.

With the successful VGC10 implementation, Designed Mouldings is keen to automate other manual processes. Specifically, the company is looking to use the OnRobot RG2 gripper to assemble filters for hospitals.

 

About Designed Mouldings

Designed Mouldings is an Australian owned and operated company that was established in 1976 with the aim of servicing primarily the pharmaceutical industry with quality injection moulded components at internationally competitive prices. Our 2000m2 air-conditioned factory is located in the Southern Metropolitan area of Sydney Australia which was purposed built in 1992 for the manufacture of plastic injection moulded articles. Currently home to 18 injection moulding machines ranging in tonnage from 50-300 tonne, we have the capability to mould single or multi-piece articles.

Privacy Policy for processing and protecting personal data

This data protection policy applies to OnRobot.

The purpose of the policy is to ensure and document that OnRobot protects personal data in accordance with the rules for processing of personal data. The policy will also contribute to OnRobot providing information about its processing and use of registered personal data.

The policy will be reviewed each year.

Record of the processing of personal data

OnRobot processes personal data about:

  • Employees

  • Customers

  • Suppliers

  • Applicants

OnRobot has prepared a record of the processing of personal data. The record provides an overview of the processing for which OnRobot is responsible.

The personal data must be provided in order for OnRobot to enter into employment, customer and supplier contracts.

Purpose and lawfulness of the processing

Personal data are processed and archived in connection with:

  • HR management, including recruitment, hiring, dismissal and payment of salary

  • Master data for customers as well as orders and sales

  • Master data for suppliers as well as requisition forms and purchases

  • Contracts

Processing is legal by the authority specified in the appended record.

OnRobot does not use the personal data for purposes other than those listed. OnRobot does not collect more personal data than necessary to meet the purpose. 

Storage and erasure

OnRobot has introduced the following overall guidelines for storage and erasure of personal data:

  • Personal data are stored in physical folders.

  • Personal data are stored in IT systems and on server drives.

  • Personal data are not stored for longer than necessary to meet the purpose of the processing.

  • Personal data for employees are erased five years after employment has ended, and personal data about applicants are erased after six months.

Data security

Based on the appended risk assessment, OnRobot has implemented security measures to protect personal data:

  • Only employees with a work-related need to access the registered personal data have access to the data, either physically or via IT systems with rights management.

  • All computers are password protected and employees may not disclose their passwords to others.

  • Computers must have firewall and antivirus software installed, which must be updated regularly.

  • Personal data are erased securely in connection with phasing-out and repair of IT equipment.

  • USB flash drives, external hard disks, etc. containing personal data must be stored in a locked drawer or cabinet.

  • Physical folders are placed in a locked office or in locked cabinets.

  • Personal data in physical folders are erased by shredding.

  • All employees must be instructed in what to do with personal data and how to protect personal data.

 

Website and Cookie

  • The Personal Data Regulation allows you to treat personal data only legally for the purpose for which they have been collected. If you want to use data for purposes other than the original, you must always have the consent of the registrant.

  • Upon receipt of a business card from a customer you have his consent. If you write his information you need his signature on this paper to have a formal requirement for consent if you want to use his information. Then the customer allows OnRobot to use his data for purposes other than communication, upcoming promotions, product updates or further news including upcoming promotions, product updates and further news.

  • According to the Cookie Act, OnRobot must have the user’s consent to use this software on the user’s equipment. On The company’s intranet or similar closed group, the rules in the E-data protection directive do not apply.

Disclosure

Personal data about employees may be disclosed to public authorities such as the Danish Customs and Tax Administration and pension companies.

Processors

OnRobot only uses processors if they are able to provide the required guarantees that they will implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to comply with personal data law. All processors must sign a processor agreement before processing commences.

Rights                                                                      

OnRobot safeguards the rights of data subjects, including the right to access, withdrawal of consent, rectification and erasure and will inform the data subjects of OnRobot’s processing of personal data. Data subjects are also entitled to appeal to the Danish Data Protection Agency.

Personal data breach

In case of personal data breach, OnRobot will report the breach to the Danish Data Protection Agency as soon as possible and within 72 hours. The manager is responsible for this reporting taking place. The report will outline the breach, the groups of persons affected and the impact the breach may have on these persons and how OnRobot has remedied or intends to remedy the breach. If the breach entails a high risk for the persons about whom OnRobot processes personal data, OnRobot will also notify these persons. OnRobot s will document any personal data breach on an access-controlled drive.

Erasure of data

The customer should assess when personal data need to be erased by asking the question:

When is it no longer necessary to store the personal data?

OnRobot follows the practice of the Danish Data Protection Agency:

Applications Are erased after 6 months in connection with job interviews. Unsolicited applications are erased immediately.
Employee data Are erased 5 years after termination of employment.
CCTV surveillance Is erased after 30 days.
Telephone conversations Are erased immediately or after up to 3 months.
Accounting records Must be stored for 5 years from the end of the financial year.