To reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury (RSI) among employees, Clamcleats Ltd invested in a robot solution to replace manual clipping. The robot turned out to be a highly efficient worker, enabling its human counterparts to perform three tasks at once. Now, the company are ready for further automation.
The business transformation
Traditional robots can boost productivity but generally they need high production volumes to justify both capital cost and integration time. For British cleat manufacturer, Clamcleats Ltd, employee health concerns drove the company to look for a solution to this dilemma.
“There is an RSI risk with manual clipping. To avoid this, our preference has been to clip the runners when still warm and relatively soft. But this puts limitations on when to run our injection moulding machines. Automation gives us much greater production flexibility”, explains Julian Emry, Director of Clamcleat Ltd