UR cobots instantly increases production at French SME by 10%


In short

Nichrominox is one of the thousands of French SMES (small medium enterprises) facing increasing international competition on a daily basis. To take on the cut-throat competition, Nichrominox opted to invest in four UR5 cobot arms, and immediately saw increased productivity, reduced labor costs and improved employee well-being.

Nichrominox, a family-owned company from Saint-Bonnet-de-Mure (near Lyon, France), has sold sterilization equipment for dentists for 40 years and today faces growing competition from countries with low labor costs. The company turned to Universal Robots in order to automate selected tasks and enhance its productivity and competitiveness.


Industry Metal and Machining
Country Europe
Number of Employees 25-50
Cobots used UR5
Video — UR5 robot, Nichrominox, France

The solution

Nichrominox selected Universal Robots through one of its distributors in France, HMi-MBS, to automate a bending cell, feed a machine and assemble products alongside an operator. Four UR5 robots were needed and deployed on three separate production lines:

Pick and place: The robot performs a punching operation on one press, then turns components on a shuttle table and finally performs a bending operation on a second press.

CNC: The robot is fully integrated with the machining center, enabling operators to save time, improve the quality of their work and reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries.

Collaborative assembly: An assembly station is run by an operator and a machine working side by side in full collaboration, without the need for any additional protection. The operator activates the robot by applying pressure (through an integrated force sensor in the gripper), which makes the robot easy to manage.

Nichrominox’ robots are programmed by an in-house programmer, Cédric Lefrancq-lumiere. Cédric only needed two days of training from the distributor, HMi-MBS, to be able to program a robot for a new manufacturing operation, a task that takes no more than two hours. He is currently applying his training to refining the robots’ programming, with the aim of improving both quality and performance.

The UR5 robots allowed us to gain 10% productivity instantly

Éric Lefrancq-lumiere, General Manager
Instant improvements

Instant improvements

Nichrominox is delighted with the results it has achieved with its Universal Robots robot arms. In addition to lessening the drudgery of monotonous tasks and reducing risk for employees, automation has had an immediate impact for the company. “The robots UR5 allowed us to gain 10% of productivity instantly,” details Éric Lefrancq-lumiere, Nichrominox General Manager.

ROI in 14 months

ROI in 14 months

The experience has been very positive with regard to the simplicity of implementation and its low cost as they saw an ROI on the robots in 14 months. The company intends to pursue its transformation and acquire additional cobots shortly.

Automation challenges solved:

  • Immediate productivity increase of 10%.
  • Reduced costs.
  • Improved working conditions for employee.

Key value drivers:

  • Easy programming
  • Fast set-up
  • Collaborative and safe
  • Flexible deployment

Tasks solved by collaborative robots:

  • Packaging and palletizing
  • Labelling

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