For the last few decades in the elastomer molding industry, there has been an increasing demand to introduce automation principles into typical molding operations to improve efficiency and eliminate traditional manual labor. In the late 1990s DESMA recognized this trend in the industry & began investing in complete turnkey support infrastructure for our customer base.

From initial concept support to final implementation & installation, our Project Engineering divisions located in the USA, Europe, and Asia have the resources available to manage projects of automated systems for even the most demanding molding operations. 

Some of the more basic examples of automation include basic brush systems & mold plate manipulating technology. Single side shuttle tables, centerplate exchange systems, and sliding heating platen technology are examples of this basic automation. An investment in these technologies will improve molding quality & ergonomics, maximize efficiencies, and eliminate labor operations.

More advanced automation projects often include multi-axis robots, customized pick and place systems, automated trimming devices, and even conveyor transport technology. Our full-time project engineering staff located in Hebron, Kentucky can customize a solution specific to our customers’ needs. For each project, we do an in-depth analysis of the goals based on the technical requirements while also keeping in mind economical constraints that may be present. Once we have collaborated with the customer to share information, a tailored Project Analysis is then presented to the customer for their consideration.

In rubber, each automated project is unique. For a percentage of our projects, a customer acceptance runoff (or Factory Acceptance Test) occurs at our World Headquarters in Germany after the new injection machine is manufactured. For other domestic projects, this acceptance runoff takes place at DESMA USA in Hebron, KY – or in more basic scenarios, the runoff and acceptance can be executed when the press is delivered to the customer location. The acceptance runoff tests, system optimization, and in-depth training are the final steps to the implementation of our turnkey automated molding cells for our customers.

If you are interested in automating your rubber or silicone molding application, please contact us at to discuss your specific project goals and how DESMA can support you. 

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