Mikael Andersson is a machine technician at FT-Produktion. One year ago, he also became a robot programmer and robot operator following two days of theoretical and hands-on training at Edströms. The training course was based on the Universal Robots Academy concept, which includes ongoing follow-up training via free e-learning courses. Mikael also received training in the use of the EasyRobotics’ ProFeeder and the dual gripper from OnRobot, enabling him to easily and flexibly install, program, operate, and reconfigure the overall solution.
“It was actually easier to use robots than I had expected. If you’re standing there all day, feeding the same machine with parts, you can feel it in every joint of your body at the end of the day,” says Mikael Andersson. “Now my job is less monotonous and much more interesting. It’s fun to watch a robot at work! I would like to see more of them here. This cobot solution is so easy to reconfigure that even small production runs are feasible in terms of costs.”
The new generation of collaborative robot arms also requires high performance accessories. For example, the functionality and user-friendliness of grippers ultimately determines the scope and variety of tasks and parts that can be automated, as well as the ROI time for automation investments.
“It only takes 10 seconds to change to a different part on the robot’s display,” says FT Produktion’s machine assistant, who sees the robot as a useful tool in a time of high demand and limited labor supply. “The robots are not taking any jobs. We can fill more orders and deliver more detailed parts with higher quality when we use the robots. They have been easy to install and adjust, so we’ve been able to do it all ourselves, with just a little help over the phone from Edströms.”
FT-Produktion’s first cobot application is based on the plug & produce principle, which makes flexible automation easy and profitable for small and medium-sized manufacturers. The complete cobot solution includes the following components from the global leaders in modern collaborative robot technology: A UR5 robot arm from Universal Robots, a ProFeeder from EasyRobotics, and a dual gripper solution with two RG2 grippers from OnRobot. This fully-integrated robot solution offers intuitive operation and programming, with 3D visualisations on the robot arm’s touchscreen. The ProFeeder and RG2 are certified by Universal Robots and offered through the Universal Robots+ platform.