Motion control capabilities within rotational moulding machines have remained relatively unchanged for the past 60 years. However, driven by Industry 4.0, this is showing signs of change. The potential of robot-based rotational moulding machines, which can provide more agile movements and rotations, is beginning to be realized. This paper proposes a new novel desktop sized rotational moulding machine that can provide the user with more flexibility and control over mould rotation by incorporating a smart control system. This lifts the current restriction with conventional machines where the rotational speeds of the two motors remain constant throughout a cycle. Our recent research with this new machine showed that varying the rotational speeds throughout the cycle can improve product quality and process efficiency.
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