The ease and flexibility of the cobots visibly boosted productivity at the factory, allowing B-Loony to increase output and cut the average cost of each item produced. “Despite rising inflation and labor costs, investing in robotics and automation has made us more efficient and able to compete,” states Clephan.
Another benefit of the cobots has been the ability to redeploy them at short notice when circumstances change. “For example, the product line the cobots were initially brought in for was discontinued. Yet the company was able to simply re-program the cobots and have them up and running elsewhere, future-proofing the investment,” Clephan explains.
With the help of cobot-automation, B-Loony is now producing a staggering 1,200 miles+ bunting each year, a distance equivalent of London to Casablanca. Furthermore, it has increased output of its highly popular gourmet food flags by over 5000%, from 250 thousand to 15 million per annum, significantly increasing its market share.
This increased productivity has resulted in B-Loony achieving a payback period of just nine months for its initial cobot investments. Through economies of scale it anticipates payback for future projects to be brought down further to just six months.