01 the short story
In 2011, the family-owned machine factory Konetehdas K&K acquired a UR robot to feed a grinding machine. President and CEO Kari Karaslahti expected it to be big, bulky, and hard to program, but he was pleasantly surprised. Now, two robots optimise a range of processes with great success.
02 the challenge
Founded in 1946, Helsinki-based machine factory, Konetehdas K&K, Ltd, offers its customers a wide range of machinery services. The core of operations is small production runs, using manual milling machines, turning machines and programmable machining centers. With customers operating in the international market, accurate deliveries, high quality, and competitive pricing are key.
The company decided to try out robotic automation to optimise its processes, but CEO Kari Haraslahti feared that the robots would be bulky and difficult to configure.
UR5 collaborative robot, Konetehdas K&K, Finland
03 the solution
In 2011, Konetehdas K&K received its first of two robots, and Kari Haraslahti was astounded by the user-friendliness and flexibility.
“My son Ari went to our conference room, attached the robot to the table, and piled LEGO-pieces around it. It took him two hours to program the robot to make the movements we needed. It was really intuitive!”
Initially, the robot was attached to a machining tool, supplying pieces for grinding – a monotonous, but high precision routine. Now, the two robots do a whole lot more.
- Cutting tools.
- Special tools.
- Easy programming
- Fast set-up
- Flexible deployment
- Collaborative and safe
- Machine tending
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Cost-effective, safe and flexible collaborative robots - or cobots- are making automation easier than ever, even for the small and mid-sizes companies.