Committing to relationships
The production team at Universal Robots is 150 people strong and all of them are involved in getting a cobot made on time. Many of these people are specifically tasked with overcoming supply chain issues – in other words, sourcing, dual sourcing and even triple sourcing components.
What has been essential is building strong relationships with suppliers to ensure, even when disruption hits, there are always solutions to avoid any delays. This has included team members travelling to component suppliers earlier in the year to oversee the finalising and shipping of crucial components.
“Collaboration and communication have been key, with the team speaking to primary suppliers on at least a daily basis,” said Vice President for Operations and Supply Chain, Anders Lassen, adding “The emphasis is on keeping everyone aligned to the shared goal – namely, the timely delivery of cobots to our customers.”