Pi­o­neer­ing au­to­ma­tion in the plas­tics in­dus­try

For four decades, Yushin Pre­ci­sion Equip­ment has of­fered the best au­to­ma­tion and ro­bot­ics so­lu­tions in the plas­tic in­jec­tion mold­ing in­dus­try, and con­tin­ues to in­no­vate with new de­vel­op­ments such as its FRA High-end Take-out Ro­bots.

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With the rise of In­dus­try 4.0, de­mand for ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing and fac­tory au­to­ma­tion is set to surge world­wide.

Renowned for their ad­her­ence to high stan­dards and the prin­ci­ples of monozukuri, Ja­pan’s ro­bot­ics and fac­tory au­to­ma­tion equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers are poised to ben­e­fit from this global growth, of­fer­ing the most in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions for the fac­tory floors of to­mor­row.

Yushin Pre­ci­sion Equip­ment Co., Ltd. be­gan de­sign­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing au­to­matic equip­ment in 1973, be­fore it turned its at­ten­tion to take-out ro­bots for plas­tic mold­ing ma­chines in 1978. Since then, the com­pany has moved in tan­dem with the ad­vance­ments of the plas­tic in­dus­try, while also ex­plor­ing new busi­ness ar­eas, ex­pand­ing its R&D and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, and ex­tend­ing its global reach, in order to cater to the more di­verse and com­pli­cated client de­mands in the age of In­dus­try 4.0.

In re­sponse to the in­creased de­mand for ro­bot au­to­ma­tion, in 2016 Yushin opened its new fa­cil­ity for en­gi­neer­ing, R&D, and man­u­fac­tur­ing cov­er­ing over 200,000 square feet in Ky­oto, Ja­pan. The com­pany’s U.S. sub­sidiary was es­tab­lished in 1988. Op­er­at­ing out of Rhode Is­land, Yushin Amer­ica of­fers U.S. clients au­to­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy rang­ing from in­di­vid­ual ro­bots for parts re­moval, to fully in­te­grated fac­tory au­to­ma­tion for flex­ing/clos­ing, assem­bly, deco

ra­tion, in­spec­tion and pack­ag­ing.

One of the great­est ad­van­tages of au­to­ma­tion and ro­bot­ics is free­ing up hu­man work­ers from dan­ger­ous tasks. And that’s ex­actly what Yushin’s equip­ment can do.

“In our in­dus­try, the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment is dif­fi­cult and there

are many parts of the pro­duc­tion process that peo­ple want to avoid. Tak­ing out molded parts out of molds is a dan­ger­ous task; in the past peo­ple have some­times lost their fin­gers or hands

do­ing it,” says Ms. Mayumi Kotani, Pres­i­dent of Yushin.

“We also man­u­fac­ture in­sert­ing-de­vices that in­sert a given part into molds. Peo­ple used to have to press a but­ton on the in­jec­tion mold­ing ma­chine, open the door, and in­sert the parts into the molds – an­other dan­ger­ous process we suc­cess­fully re­placed. In­stead of tak­ing work away from peo­ple, au­to­ma­tion gives free­dom and se­cu­rity while in­sur­ing end-prod­uct qual­ity.”

Yushin has al­ways strived to ad­dress the ma­jor con­cerns in in­jec­tion mold­ing plants – such as is­sues per­tain­ing to the highly com­pli­cated and var­ied prod­ucts, la­bor short­ages and the in­her­ent dangers of the work­place. That led the com­pany to the de­vel­op­ment of their lat­est in­no­va­tion, the FRA High-end Take-out Ro­bots.

“The FRA series we in­tro­duced last year is a first of its kind and has a con­trol­ling func­tion called ‘Ac­tive Vi­bra­tion Con­trol’ to re­duce vi­bra­tion of the ma­chine. This func­tion al­lows us to smoothen the pro­duc­tion line while lim­it­ing er­rors. Fur­ther­more, the FRA series has the in­dus­try’s best safety stan­dard,” says Ms. Kotani.

“We also pro­vide our clients with highly func­tional ro­bots that can ex­e­cute a va­ri­ety of tasks. This spe­cial or­dered equip­ment can be set up to com­plete a mul­ti­tude of jobs and con­duct a wide ar­ray of move­ment.”

In re­cent years, Yushin, like many Ja­panese com­pa­nies, has faced com­pe­ti­tion from com­peti­tors in China and South Korea, who try to repli­cate their prod­ucts at a lower cost. How­ever, Ms. Kotani says that the com­plex parts and com­po­nents that al­low Yushin’s de­vices to run so ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently are im­pos­si­ble to copy.

“Our ma­chines have been copied through­out Asia and ex­ported over­seas, some­times to the USA,” she says. “But our com­peti­tors sys­tem­at­i­cally fail to repli­cate the qual­ity of our de­vices; that is the strength of our ro­bots.”

“In­stead of tak­ing work away from peo­ple, au­to­ma­tion gives free­dom and se­cu­rity while in­sur­ing end-prod­uct qual­ity” Mayumi Kotani, Pres­i­dent, Yushin

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