If I was to go back in time to give myself some advice, I’d say ‘Do it sooner.’ Sure, there are upfront costs, but it’s very easily justifiable and it’s very beneficial to the business and people.
Why automate palletizing first? The boxes are between 5 kg and 12 kg. It is very repetitive, it is very heavy, and it is very physical. People don't like doing the palletizing task.
"What Robotiq’s grippers have to offer is a step beyond any of the competitors."
“We went from making about 1,000, 1,500, or 2,000 parts at a time, to about 45,000–50,000 of these parts.”
"Now the operator is inspecting parts coming out of the machine and programming the robot instead of operating the machine."
“The cobots are fast, but I can keep up—and it’s great how much we’ve increased our numbers.”
“The robot handles any of our 300 different parts with a single parametric program. When we make a change, we only have to do it once.”
“I can spend more time programming machines since I don’t have to load them. Plus, there’s more consistency in the loading. It’s taken away some of the human error.”
“The big advantage of the force torque sensor is that you can record complex movements with the path-recording function.”
“The whole integration went very smoothly. Half our staff is over 40 years old, and everyone found it easy to learn to work with Robotiq and Universal Robots.”
“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.”
“Without the FT 300, this operation would have been quite complex since the programming of a robot movement that must follow a volume in space is a complicated thing to do.”
“If there is an issue with the robots, we are able to repair them ourselves and power them back up again. They are really quite easy to handle.”
“In getting the Robotiq gripper to work with the UR10, I just had to drag blocks of information onto the robot’s screen, link up the different blocks and it basically runs itself.”
“Our project reject rate has gone from double-digits to below 1% and our overhead is significantly reduced.”
“Whether I’m in the shop or not, Insights signals any stop immediately. I then put the robot back into production faster. Minimum downtime means higher productivity.”
“It freed up skilled workers to do value-added activity as opposed to loading-unloading the machine.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The repeatability and the consistency of what’s going on in the machine is a huge plus for us. We make high-end quality products, it is very important to deliver the same standard in every production.”
“The integration of collaborative robots was so much easier than the previous ones we had. We do not need much sensors around the equipment. It is really efficient. I saw immediately the advantages, easy integration, zero maintenance, higher productivity. Our changeover time is twice faster now.”
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