Efficient automation with a collaborative robot
Efficient automation with a collaborative robot – Overview
FME Feinmechanik AG relies on two collaborating robots from Universal Robots, the UR5 and the UR10. The robots are intended to achieve greater flexibility in production. To this end, shift work has now been completed in the company. Overall, the company’s production processes have become considerably more efficient thanks to automation.
The challenge in the company
FME Feinmechanik AG is a manufacturer of small, precision mechanical components for medical technology. They are precision manufactured. Therefore, an automation solution that offers the highest flexibility and produces with the best quality is essential.
The use of industrial robots has not been considered by the company so far, as they are considered cumbersome and immobile. This assessment is very important because some production parts are extremely thin-walled, often only half as thick as a human hair. In addition, the production quantities are between 50-10000 pieces. A complex programming of industrial robots is therefore not profitable.
However, FME Feinmechanik AG had to reconsider this assessment. Costs were rising more and more, employees with monotonous tasks became more dissatisfied, the demand for products and also the product quantities increased. In view of these prospects, a new solution had to be found.
Very fine production parts
„The robot arms from Universal Robots have far exceeded my expectations.”
The solution from Universal Robots
During the consultation, FME Feinmechanik AG was recommended the Universal Robots solution. A stationary and automated system that can guarantee efficient and uninterrupted production of a high standard. In the solution, one UR5 robot can serve two opposing machines, while one UR10 robot is used for feeding. It positions the next component according to a signal from the UR5 robot.
The Managing Director, Marco Bortolan, is very convinced of this solution: “The robot arms from Universal Robots have far exceeded my expectations. The combination of flexibility and easy programming, as well as the fact that the robots can work directly with my employees without a space-consuming protective enclosure, were decisive factors that convinced me to invest in this technology and to introduce the corresponding changes in our company. Thanks to this success and our positive experience, I can well imagine using even more robots in the future”.
According to Marco Bortolan, there is usually a prejudice that robots threaten jobs. This was not the case at FME Feinmechanik AG. In fact, the team had to be enlarged, as productivity could be increased.