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.
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