The investment in automation from universal robots turned out to be a wise decision for Danish machine shop Nymann Teknik. Feeding a CNC lathe 10-12 hours a day the robotic arm has increased production output and made it possible to manufacture at a cost that is competitive with Asian prices. And best of all, the UR5 made its money back in just three months. When Nymann Teknik received an order of 100,000 units the young machining company decided it was time to introduce automation on their CNC lathe.
"Small robots are the future here in Denmark. They are not looking to steal our jobs. On the contrary, they create more work for the Danes," says managing director Morten Nymann, co-founder of Nymann Teknik who manufactures various steel work pieces for e.g. the pump and wind industries.
Morten Nymann, Co-founder
The robot from Universal Robots enables us to manufacture products that cost match outsourcing the work to Asia
Today, a UR5 from Universal Robot feeds the CNC lathe with steel materials, working alongside personnel with no safety shielding. And bringing the new “colleague” into the company proved an easy task.
"We simply took the robot out of the box and plugged it in. In an hour and a half, we had created the first program. After seven hours, the robot was working in production. My employees taught themselves how to program it,” explains Morten Nymann, adding that the robot paid itself off in a mere three months.
Most of Nymann Teknik’s customers are Danish based companies who prefer a local production as this helps to ensure high quality and high security of supply.
According to distributor, KSN Industri, who adviced Nymann Teknik to invest in automation, Universal Robots have created an entirely new market.
“Previously we were not able to offer a profitable robot solution to feed lathes with various materials. Solutions with other robot types are at least twice as expensive to purchase and such an investment would not have been profitable for a company like Nymann Teknik”, says electronic project manager Thomas Andersen from KSN Industri who is experiencing a significant increase in the number of requests for Danish robots from Universal Robots.
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