Bridging the Skills Gap
Précinov faces high demand for their products. To face this growth, it would be easy to just buy more machines, but a skilled workforce is hard to find for day, evening and night shifts. New machines were not running full-time, which was limiting new business opportunities.
Précinov installed a robot cell in front of their 5-axis CNC machine. The robot takes the part on a conveyor and puts it in the machine. It can turn the part over if needed, and will take it out when machining is over. It basically does an operator’s job, while Précinov hires machinists that are qualified to work on complete production setups.
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“Of course we measure production time, but the setup teaching time is the most crucial aspect of the robot’s performance. If it takes 4 hours to get the robot going between every part, we will not succeed. With our actual robot and gripper, the setup time is short.”
“The robot not only relieves our machinists from moving parts in and out of the machine, it gives them time to work on their new motivating challenge, which is to program the robot’s waypoints with the production setup in mind.”