TrayTender | NuTec


TrayTender 2018-01-09T22:16:43+00:00


Automated Tray Loading and Tray Unloading Automation


  • Over/under conveyor design allows for narrow footprint, resulting in less floor space on your assembly line.
  • Tray queue time can be easily increased.
  • Very fast tray change over time.
  • Can be used as tray loader, unloader or parts accumulator.
  • All units can be tooled with multi-point grippers or vacuum pick up heads.
  • Robotic controlled motion places part accurately. Very fast robots speeds are available.
  • All tooling and guarding can be included.
  • Full color HMI with documentation.
  • Secondary operations easily incorporated.
  • Variety of machine interfaces available.

TrayTender® is designed to eliminate the tedious and costly operator task of loading parts in conjunction with processes such as injection molding, machining and assembly functions. The system can be efficiently used as either a tray loader or tray un-loader. The TrayTender® is forward compatible and designed for flexibility. The unit can be reutilized for a variety of applications with minimal effort.

The current system is designed for use with plastics injection mold presses, machining centers, assembly automation or other process equipment. The system will incorporate a vertical carousel magazine in the rear of the module, designed to allow for manual loading of individual trays.

Vertical Carousel Magazine

The vertical carousel magazine will provide flexibility to handle individual trays from varying lengths and widths with a simple adjustment. The operator can load trays into the magazine without affecting the cycle of the system. A transfer shuttle will stage and transfer trays from the vertical carousel magazine to the process robot.

Transfer Shuttle

The system incorporates a 6-Axis robot, which is ceiling mounted to a linear slide (X-axis) that will allow for travel in/out of the injection molding and/or other auxiliary equipment working envelopes.

6-Axis Robot

This robot will be used to load or unload the incoming trays. After the trays are processed a second 6-axis robot is included for tray handling as well as other secondary operations.

Second 6-Axis Robot

This robot will remove the tray from the transfer nest and stack it on the exit conveyor. The exit conveyor will shuttle the finished tray stack to a safe zone, where an operator can remove.

Exit Conveyor

With the flexibility of two 6-axis robots, the TrayTender® can easily be configured to perform other secondary operations, in addition to part and tray handling duties. The secondary operations can vary from labeling or marking to vision inspection to assembly to spray coating. NuTec can design and integrate all the secondary operations that may be required with the TrayTender®.

In addition to injection mold presses TrayTender® can be utilized for various machine tending operations, virtually anywhere parts handling is required. This can be from delicate plastics and electronics to metal stock or machining blanks and other high-production components.

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Cost Savings

  • Typical payback is less than one year.
  • Eliminates press mount robots.
  • Ability to do secondary operations at the press with no additional operator.
  • Eliminates costly operator tending.

Flexibility / Forward Compatible

  • Flexibility to move to a different press with minimal tooling.
  • Invest in capital only once
  • Lean Cell Approach

One Stop Solutions Provider

  • NuTec Tooling Systems is a custom automation builder and integrator. We have the capabilities to design a unit to retrofit into your existing line or we can design/build a new automation system.

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