Optimizing processes with UR cobots

Böco Böddecker

In short

Böco Böddecker makes latching and closures for the automotive industry. In order to remain competitive and to increase flexibility, they chose to automate parts of their production with a solution based on a UR robot. The robot was introduced in 2010 and has been used to mark products so they meet automotive industry requirements.

The business transformation

The automotive industry faces unprecedented competitive pressure. Parts need to be manufactured to an extremely high standard – at very low prices.

Böco Böddecker specializes in closure, locking and latching systems for the automotive industry. These plastic and metal parts are used to secure doors and seating in automobiles from a wide range of manufacturers.

The challenge was to increase efficiency by identifying repetitive tasks and seeing if they were candidates for automation.

Böco Böddecker

Industry Automotive and Subcontractors
Country Europe
Number of Employees 100-500
Cobots used UR5
UR5 collaborative robot, Böco Böddecker, Germany
UR5 collaborative robot, Böco Böddecker, Germany

The solution

International Industry Services (IIS), had a simple but effective solution: a lightweight collaborative robots from Universal Robots.

The 6-axis robot arm has a five kg lifting capacity, weighs only 18 kg and has a working radius of 85 cm – requiring very little space on the production floor.

The automotive industry requires that each part be individually marked with a code. There were massive cost savings connected to automating this fairly simple, repetitive task. The UR robot can mark and label items to the strict requirements while doing quality control checks.

Now that the task is automated, accuracy and speed has increased, and the chances of sending a wrong product to a customer have been greatly reduced.
It was extremely important for Böco Böddecker that the solution could easily be integrated into the existing system. Large industrial robots took up too much space that would increase the distance between critical stages of the production, increasing the production time.

The robot also identifies and discards faulty parts by using an advanced camera control system. The camera can objectively determine the quality of the part – further adding to the overall efficiency of the solution.

Automation challenges solved

  • Relieved employees of repetitive tasks.
  • Increases precision of the production operation.
  • Reduces likelihood of faulty parts being sent to customers.

Key value drivers

  • Collaborative and safe
  • Fast set-up
  • Fast Payback

Tasks solved by collaborative robots

  • Labelling
  • Quality control

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