Reshoring production from China with High-mix Low Volume Automation
Because of the high-mix, low-volume production, most of Scott Fetzer Electrical Group lines don’t run everyday. Implementing traditional robots on those lines was a challenge in term of ROI and safety, since the robots would have to be close to the workers.
Each morning, workers roll the collaborative robots to the working stations where the production needs are. Monotonous, labor intensive, hazardous tasks are now automated and employees can focus on added-value and safer tasks in any department that needs more resources.
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“Everybody was anxious at the beginning. It turned out to be a lot safer and simpler than we thought it would be. We realised that if you can use an IPhone, you can use these robots.”
“The UR got the speed and precision of an industrial robot with the ability to work along with humans.”
“By increasing our productivity by 20%, we are much more competitive when we seek new business and we compete with anybody. We brought back some production from China. We reallocated some employees to other areas that are in growth.”