UR10 cobots automate production and solve labor shortage issues

2K Trend

In short

Like many other countries, the Czech Republic is seeing a shrinking labor pool in the manufacturing sector, presenting a challenge for companies like 2K Trend, a.s. a company that manufactures high-precision injection molding plastic parts for large automakers. The company had difficulty staffing the task of tending the injection molding machine and instead deployed a UR10 for the job. The cobot now handles the entire cycle, delivering optimized production while also solving the labor shortage issue.

“There is a big shortage of skilled employees on the market, which limits the dynamic development of the whole company,” says Jiří Koláček, CEO of 2K Trend, a.s. His company needed to automate part of its production processes in order to reduce the human resources needed. Another challenge was stabilizing the manufacturing process and increase productivity. At the same time, employees also needed to maintain access to the pressing machine. Looking at these different criteria, a collaborative robot became the clear choice for 2K Trend.

2K Trend

Industry Plastic and Polymers
Country Europe
Number of Employees 25-50
Cobots used UR10
Video — 2K Trend, Czech Republic

How they did it

The company selected a system integrator of collaborative robots able to offer a complete solution of automation. Today, the collaborative robot UR10 from Universal Robots is in operation, securing complete operation of the injection molding machine.
The UR10 collaborative robot takes the plastic pellets and puts them in the mold to begin an injection molding cycle. At the end of the cycle, the cobot removes the finished moldings, which are then unloaded onto the conveyor belt. This is a monotonous activity that requires great precision in handling finished plastic moldings. Due to the size of the machine, it is also necessary to overcome the relatively large height distance from the press to the conveyor belt.

Training at Universal Robots Academy was perfect, all employees learned to operate our collaborative robot in a really short time. Once you learn the basics of how to program the cobot, the set-up takes a few minutes

Ivo Holas, Production Manager, 2K Trend a.s.
Relieving staff of repetitive work

Relieving staff of repetitive work

Employees of 2K Trend, a.s. now do not have to perform complicated and monotonous work on the press machine, i.e. inserting and removing moldings. The press machine is relatively large and its movement is complicated due to its construction. The UR10 cobot can handle the whole machine practically independently, so it is not necessary to fill this position with human workers. The advantage is also a large operating range of the UR10 arm, which operates the entire machine very efficiently.

Zero maintenance required

Zero maintenance required

The robot maintenance is virtually zero. In addition to the regular visual inspection of the final moldings and mechanical components of the robot, there is no need to interfere with its operation. The UR10 has been working reliably at 2K Trend for over a year now, and has never had any unexpected problems. “The acquisition of a collaborative robot has proven to be a step in the right direction and its operation in the company has met all expectations,” says Jiří Koláček, CEO of 2K Trend, a.s.

Challenges solved:

  • Automatization of the process of inserting small plastic pellets into pressing machine
  • Fast integration of cobot into production process
  • Safe and easy access into the workplace
  • Fast set-up of the solution

Key value drivers:

  • Minimalization of routine tasks
  • Increase of production speed and efficiency
  • Low costs of building a workplace
  • Flexibility of the solution
  • Maximum possible automation of the injection molding process

Tasks solved by collaborative robots:

  • Full cycle operation of the injection-molding pressing machine
  • Loading finished products onto conveyor

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