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Custom Automation Systems for the Plastics Industry

Improve efficiency, reduce costs and enhance product quality for plastic manufacturing processes.

Custom Automation Systems for the Plastics Industry
Why should you work with RNA?

Customised Automation Solutions

Specialises in developing customised solutions that perfectly fit the unique requirements of each client, ensuring optimal performance and integration with existing processes.

Comprehensive Support Services

Provides extensive after-sales support, including training, maintenance, and technical assistance, to ensure smooth operation and quick resolution of any issues.

Long-Term Partnership and Consultation

Acts as a long-term partner for clients, offering ongoing consultation and upgrades to keep pace with technological advancements and changing industry demands.

Automating plastic manufacturing processes with custom automated systems

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Custom automation systems are designed to cater to the specific needs of different plastic production stages, such as injection moulding, extrusion, and thermoforming. These systems integrate specialised equipment, latest robotics, vision systems, advanced sensors, programmable logic controllers, and intelligent software to automate key operations.

Custom automation allows plastics companies to stay competitive by maximising productive output while maintaining high standards of quality.

Furthermore, such automation minimises human intervention, leading to reductions in labour costs and workplace accidents.

RNA Automation work closely with plastics manufacturers to cater to their specific needs and develop integrated systems utilising the latest automation technologies tailored to their requirements.

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RNA’s Capabilities

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  • Design, engineering, fabrication, and installation of complete automated systems.
  • Integration of robotic arms and systems for tasks such as material handling, assembly, product inspection, and packaging. These solutions often include end-of-arm tooling specifically designed for the unique requirements of plastic products and there tooling.
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  • Automated part removal, rejection, and sorting.
  • Integration with auxiliary equipment like chillers, dryers, conveyors, linear robots.
  • Assembly automation and over moulding insertion processes.
  • Post-processing operations such as trimming and quality inspection.
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  • Automated deflashing, trimming, leak testing
  • Part handling and transfer systems
  • Integration with downstream operations like printing, labelling, packaging
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  • Automated handling, cutting, and stacking
  • Integration with downstream operations
  • Profile trimming and inspection systems
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  • Automated sheet loading, part removal, and stacking
  • Integration with trimming, robotic pick-and-place systems
  • Vision inspection systems
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  • Programming of PLCs, HMIs, SCADA systems, RFID communication
  • Manufacturing execution systems (MES) integration
  • Real-time monitoring, data collection, process optimisation
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  • Robotic part handling, machine tending
  • Collaborative robot (cobot) integration
  • Vision-guided robotics for complex tasks, including FlexCube assisted picking
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  • Automated dimensional measurement and inspection
  • Vision inspection for defects, colours, printing quality, material checks etc
  • Integrated rejection and sorting systems
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  • Lean manufacturing consultation and implementation
  • Workflow analysis and plant layout optimisation
  • Preventive maintenance and asset management programs
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Leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics tools to collect, analyse, and act on data from the manufacturing process. This can lead to predictive maintenance, process optimization, and enhanced decision-making.

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Ensuring that all automated systems and solutions comply with all industry standards and safety regulations.

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  • Onsite installation, commissioning, and training
  • Remote monitoring and troubleshooting
  • Spare parts and long-term maintenance service


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The plastics industry leans heavily on automation to get things done faster, cheaper, and with consistent quality. Custom automation systems combine different tools like robots, controls, feeders, and vision systems. They’re designed specifically for each plastic-making process, from moulding to blowing.

What can these systems do? They handle everything from grabbing materials to taking parts out of machines, even trimming, assembling, packaging, and stacking finished products. The benefits are clear: faster production, fewer mistakes, a safer work environment, and lower labor costs in the long run.

Experts say

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RNA has a lot of experience within the plastics moulding industry, we work with multiple key OEM machinery suppliers directly and have a lot of years of built up internal knowledge. We have successfully completed many simple project’s demoulding then assembling all the way up to over moulding inserts with full inspection and test cells afterwards. The reason RNA can help you with your plastics project is the key understanding of plastic moulding and all of it processes, having worked in plastics moulding myself for the last 14 years it means I can understand your process and help guide you with the best way to get the results you require.

Matt Knight | Sales Engineer

What our clients say

“RNA have been a pleasure to work with, they regularly go above and beyond to help with your requirements and do so in an extremely professional manner. Matthew knight has been my point of contact, and he has made the whole process stress and problem free. Asking for a complex automation system, I originally had a few concerns with how this project would work, but with Matt and RNA’s knowledge and expertise they proved that my concerns were nothing to worry about.”

Engineering Manager of UK based plastic injection moulders, providing high quality plastic injection moulded parts and assemblies

Plastics FAQs

What is automation in the plastics industry?

Custom automation systems are tailored for specific stages of plastic production, including injection moulding, extrusion, and thermoforming. They incorporate specialised equipment such as robotics, vision systems, advanced sensors, programmable logic controllers, and intelligent software to automate critical operations effectively.

How is automation used in plastics industry?

Custom automation enables plastics companies to enhance competitiveness by optimising production output while upholding stringent quality standards. Additionally, this automation minimises human involvement, resulting in lower labour costs and reduced workplace accidents. Some of our core capabilities include:

  • Turnkey automation solutions
  • Extrusion automation
  • Injection moulding automation
  • Thermoforming automation
  • Blow moulding automation
  • Data analytics and IoT integration
How do I start working with RNA?

Contact our team to discuss your next project. Our experts will provide guidance and support to help you achieve your goals. Call us on  +44 (0)121 749 2566 or email us using  [email protected].

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