Innovative assembly of rubber and soft plastic parts

IBG’s ability to innovate was once again in demand with regard to the development of a large, fully automatic production facility for the automotive industry. The challenge was the fully automatic assembly of rubber and soft plastic molded parts which should also be easily adaptable to changing production conditions.

Rubber and soft plastic molded parts have many parameters for a successful automation process compared to injection-molded or metal parts, which make operation considerably more difficult.

However, with specially developed process technology, IBG has succeeded in automatically installing bellows that serve to repel dirt on the surrounding components. The bellows are fed via a handling robot of the assembly device. Eight specially developed, pneumatically operated claws grasp the outer edge of the bellows, which is only a few millimeters wide, and expands it force-defined. Thus, the vulnerable components can be automatically inserted and fully enclosed in the bellows.

In another station, rubber sleeves are pulled over the metal subassemblies. This task was also solved by IBG using a special device for expanding these cuffs. The cuffs are gripped both on the outer edges as well as on the front edge and expanded for the following assembly steps. In any case, automation solutions for molded rubber parts require much more unconventional approaches than is required for dimensionally stable plastic or metal parts. This task was fulfilled and damage to the rubber bellows avoided because of the special shape, the surface selection, and force-side adjustment of the claw.

Optimisation of production processes in all sectors

Automation and Robotics as instruments for increasing the efficiency of industrial production processes are designed and developed by the IBG / Goeke Technology Group, under the guiding principle "Transformation of human genius into technical perfection". Technology solutions and high technology systems are designed for the individual requirements of our global clients and all sectors, from our main headquarters in Neuenrade, Dortmund.

Automotive solutions, robotics-based solutions and other technology systems from the IBG / Goeke Technology Group are best-in-the-class industry technologies. We achieve this top level in industrial technology through close interlinking of decades of experience as engineers with science and research. We ensure that our know-how in the automotive and robotics fields, as well as our technology service, benefits from optimisation of industrial processes, but without losing sight at the person at the centre of it all – learn more about our social engagement here.

  • Automation of complex manufacturing and assembly systems
  • Configuration of special systems
  • Development and construction of customer-specific special machines