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Sepro: ‘Open 4.0’ Approach Shapes Future through Openness Partnership and Innovation 

In late 2017, Sepro began talking to plastics injection molders about “Open 4.0,” a company-wide commitment to delivering innovation, integration, connectivity and choice through intelligent next-generation robots and controls.

“All the talk today is about Industry 4.0 and the factory of the future,” observes Jean-Michel Renaudeau, CEO of Sepro Group. “At Sepro, we believe that achieving connectivity between systems is just one part of a much larger challenge. To us, Industry 4.0 demands that people, machines, and companies ‘connect’ in much more significant and powerful ways, ways that allow them all to perform to their highest potential.”

Renaudeau calls that philosophy ‘Open 4.0’ and says it is clearly visible in his company’s business practices and the values that stand behind them.

Open Innovation – Innovation at Sepro starts with the industry’s broadest line of robots, from the simplest sprue picker to complex 6-axis robots, all operated through a single control platform called Visual. From that unique foundation, Sepro can automate any molding machine, from any manufacturer, whether new or previously installed. Using a single control platform means not only simplicity and ease of use, but also connectivity and interoperability.

Open Integration – Sepro gives molders added flexibility by providing multiple levels of integration between its robots and the controls on many molding machines. To date, this has been accomplished this with some ten brands of IMMs worldwide.

Open Branding – Sepro partners with molding-machine makers to make more robot choices available to molders, including machine/robot packages. At the same time, it enables these press makers to go to market in new ways. “Partnerships with other robot technology leaders, like Stäubli and Yaskawa Motoman, allows Sepro to co-develop and co-brand additional robot technology. “Remaining open about branding creates new options and opportunities for everyone.”

Open Apps – The next-generation robot controls will be more like smartphones, with functionality like a control plug-in (developed in open collaboration with a key customer) that automates cycle optimization, and an app that links customers and their robots with troubleshooting assistance. Both are intended to function with the Sepro Visual control platform on new and existing robots.

Open Cooperation – Openness facilitates innovation. By proactively communicating with customers, IMM makers, other robot companies, as well as business associations and research institutions, Sepro has been able to make huge strides in product development and market expansion, while creating new options for molders and partners.

 

 

A special section of the Sepro stand at NPE (Booth #W8571) is dedicated to Open 4.0. The results of this commitment to openness are clearly visible in Sepro’s sales figures, which continue to grow worldwide. Even after four consecutive years of record-setting sales. Renaudeau anticipates yet another record in 2017, with an increase of at least 20% in global sales. To accommodate continued strong demand, Sepro is expanding robot assembly, automation, and training capabilities at its headquarters in La Roche-sur-Yon, France and also adding manufacturing capabilities in the U.S. 

About Sepro

Sepro was one of the first companies in the world to develop Cartesian beam robots for injection-molding machines, introducing its first CNC controlled “manipulator” in 1981. Today, having equipped more than 33,000 injection-molding machines, Sepro Group is one of the largest sellers of robots in the world. Its 3-, 5- and 6-axis servo robots, special-purpose units and complete automation systems, are all supported by the Visual control platform developed by Sepro especially for injection molders. This unique controller is a key component in what the company refers to as ‘Open Integration’ – a collaborative approach to equipment connectivity and interoperability between the robot and the IMM that can be tailored to exactly suit the specific needs of processors and injection-molding OEMs. For Sepro and its customers and partners, “The Future is Wide Open 4.0.”

CONTACT:        Caroline Chamard, Sepro Group - France, +33 (2).51.45.46.37; [email protected]

Sepro is available in Australia from:
Mitchell Industries
113 Porters Rd
Kenthurst NSW
PH:1300554599
[email protected]

 



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