B&S Blech mit System: Cobots as welders
Best practice examples show how companies use cobots to secure their production in Germany, such as that of B&S Blech with System GmbH & Co, one of the leading service providers in the field of sheet metal processing. A strategic realignment of production resulted in more welding tasks, but the company from Lower Bavaria, which employs around 160 people, faced new challenges. "Although we increased our manual welding workstations, we quickly reached our limits, both in terms of space and personnel," says Managing Director Fabian Schremmer, describing the initial situation.
A new solution from long-standing partner TRUMPF came at the right time. The TruArc Weld 1000, an automated arc welding cell with a collaborative UR10e from Universal Robots and a welding source from Fronius, has met all the requirements for an automated welding solution. The investment was also manageable, and B&S was certain that the solution would provide reliable relief for the capacities at the nine manual welding stations. Today, the two cobots are used in two shifts and process components of up to 2m in length. Each new order is now first tested for its robot suitability. The decisive factor for this is the quantities, because the cobots are to take over repetitive series production in particular to relieve the employees.
Siemens: 70 cobots for production
A shortage of skilled workers, increasing cost pressure and an increasingly digital world: Like many other German production companies, Siemens' Gerätewerk Erlangen (GWE) has faced many challenges in recent years – and consistently relies on automation to solve them.
"When we discussed the first considerations for automating the plant in 2016, we only knew the classic industrial robots. And they cannot be operated economically for production here with small to medium quantities," explains Maximilian Metzner, Global Head of Autonomous Manufacturing Electronics at Siemens, looking back. An alternative had to be found, and the Siemens plant, where AC drives are manufactured, found them in the collaborative robots of Universal Robots. "They are compact, versatile and, above all, easy to use," says Metzner. "But the biggest plus is the flexibility we gain from the fact that the technology is intuitive to program and use."
Siemens now has around 70 collaborative robots from Universal Robots in action at the Erlangen plant