Equipment Name

Robotic Dipping Cell (RoDC)

Model No

RoDC - 120


The robotic dipping cell is an automated shell coating system. Here a multipurpose reticulated arm robot is integrated with the slurry pots, rainfall sanders and fluid bed sanders. The RoDC – 200 works to produce quality investment casting shells.



Type: Fixed robot, with machines located within robot’s reach, in a semi-circle around it. The robot will collect and place the hanger on the receiving station.

Robot:           make ABB / Kawasaki / Motoman (180 - 200 Kg)

Capacity:       the robot can handle a hanger of up to 120Kgs. This should be equal to 6 shells of 20kg each.

Gripper:        this is designed to grip and handle the 120kg hanger, during the coating process. Designed, precision manufactured and provided by Incastt.

  • Instrumentation & Controls:

The entire dipping cell is controlled and monitored by a PLC control panel with a touch screen HMI.

 Both the system control panel and the robot control panel are located outside the dipping cell.

 The robot control panel and the system control panel are integrated to seamlessly execute the various dipping procedures.

System Control Panel: This controls and co-ordinates all the machines in the RoDC, like robot, receiving station, 3 Nos slurry pots and 4 Nos rainfall and fluid-bed sanders. 

System control panel is provided with 3 phase mains indicators, Power On/Off switch, Fuses, Neutral link, PLC, Touch HMI, Motor control (VFD) drives (for slurry and sand machines), starters with over-current protection. All components of reputed make such as ABB / Schnieder / Omron / Siemens or equivalent are used. The panel is designed with separate power & control circuits.

Levels: The levels of slurry and sand machines are monitored using appropriate sensors that are integrated with the system control panel and the robot control panel. This ensures that the dipping is done only when adequate slurry and sand is available in the various machines. The system also prompts the worker to top-up the slurry and sand levels.


            Six pre-programmed inbuilt dip recipes / cycles are included in the system.

The operator has to choose one of the available programs to run the RoDC.

Only Supervisory or Engineer Level facility to edit the dip recipes or add new recipe is provided and is password protected.

No Need for on site robot programming. No need for robotic engineer.


Just choose dipping sequence from menu to build the shell.


     Salient features:

Automatic re-calibration of the system to prevent “drifting”.

Synchronized ON / OFF of the slurry and sand machines. This optimizes power consumption.

Real-time display of level status for all slurry and sand machines.

Display of current dip status.

INTELLIGENT dipping control. This ensures that all trees are dipped to the same height every time.