Close the Skills Gap with In-House Robotics Expertise
Assa Abloy Romania assembles locks, which are then sent to other Assa Abloy factories worldwide, where they’re transformed into finished products. The factory suffered from a huge skills gap in Bucharest, the country’s capital city, where the unemployment rate is low. Difficulties to attract new workers to manufacturing forced an automation revolution.
In-house robotics expertise was built around a group of engineers and technicians in charge of automating processes with new technologies. The team chose the Robotiq 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper and Wrist Camera to pair a Universal Robots UR5 for a machine tending process. Two parts are positioned by the robot on a fixture and then welded by the machine.
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“The Wrist Camera is very flexible and able to locate parts in a wide field of view. Anytime there is a new lock to assemble, you can teach a new part”
“Factories don’t buy a robot to replace people, they buy it because they cannot find people. I’ve never seen someone in Romania lose his job to a robot.”
“I didn’t have programming skills but I found it very easy, with logic knowledge, to program the robot, the 2-Finger Adaptive Gripper and the Wrist Camera.”
“It’s a big difference for me working with a robot because my task is much easier.”