As a company Hi-mark are embracing industry 4.0 technology and have recently introduced two new Cobot gluing stations onto their manufacturing lines, developed and installed by Reeco Automation.
The two new UR5 collaborative robots are assisting the Hi-mark team with cutting and gluing of the spring isolators. Previously a manual task, controlling quality was an issue due to the high volume and repeatable nature of the process. Cobots have an accuracy of 0.1mm, which has greatly improved the quality of the parts. The operators that were previously working on these manual tasks have now moved to more cost affective tasks for the business.
With the factory manufacturing thousands of products every day, these tasks were highly repetitive and perfect for the implementation of automation. With repetitive tasks like this an increasing concern for manufacturers like Hi-mark is repetitive strain injury (RSI), integration of Cobots like these significantly reduces the risk of RSI for workers. The sole purpose of these Cobots was to improve the jobs for their workers by reducing the labour-intensive tasks.
It’s proven with factory’s that implement automation that they become more productive. This statement is very true within Hi Mark, productivity has increased on their production line, therefore more units are being produced everyday which has required additional staff to be employed further down the production line.