Capstan introduces robots to boost Powder Metallurgy production

February 4, 2019

Capstan introduces new Epson Robot Technology to its PM production

Epson 6-Axis C4L robots installed at Capstan’s facility in Los Angeles, California (Courtesy Capstan Inc.)


Capstan Inc., a producer of structural Powder Metallurgy components and porous metal filters, has introduced Epson 6-Axis C4L robots into its production line in Los Angeles, California, USA. The company expects the new technology to enable it to streamline its manufacturing lines and reduce the high wage costs associated with its location.

The company reported that it had built two press cells with dual C4L robots mounted centrally for dual cavity compaction robotic removal. The dual robot, dual cavity combination was said to have increased manufacturing capacity significantly.

This increase is partly because human operators can have difficulty removing two parts from a machine at one time. The stated increase in production is expected to allow Capstan to enter new markets and bring on higher volume applications.

Custom cells to house the robots and part trays were produced for Capstan by automation specialist Vast-Ex, Murrieta, California, USA. Each work cell also incorporates custom robot grippers, HMI programming, tray sensors, and check lasers, designed to eliminate the risk of operator error.

“Our customers requirea hands off-approach to manufacturing which reduces the amount of human error,” stated Capstan. “We know that not all programmes require robots and that the upfront investment to introduce this technology might not work for certain applications. We’re thankful to be working with new companies that are excited to be growing with us.”

This first set of four Epson robots marks a step toward further automation for Capstan, which had previously only used small pneumatic grippers on its production lines. The company expressed its hope that the implementation of its first robots will also lead to future endeavours.

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