To increase productivity and alleviate operators of highly repetitive work, a cobot screw fixing application incorporating two UR5 collaborative robots was developed. The application was integrated into a section of a wider production process in which streetlights are assembled. The application fully automated the process of fixing screws into LED boards and the placement/screw fixing of diffusers onto the assembly. The application also ensures the automated movement of parts down the assembly line to ensure full integration with little need for intervention.
Two UR5’s were used for this project due to their speed and versatility; the UR5 is able to complement production regardless of the industry, company size or product nature. The UR5 is a lightweight, adaptable collaborative robot that tackles medium-duty applications with ultimate flexibility. The dual UR5 approach allows them to work together as additional members of the team with seamless integration, the new members have been aptly named Robbie and Roberta.
The cobots were each mounted to one of Reeco’s custom Robot Bases (RB base) which are made bespoke for each project as per the project requirements. The RB base is the heart of 99% of our solutions, housing all the electrical components and hardware needed for the project whilst also providing table top space for additional equipment.
The integration of these cobots has provided ASD Lighting with improvements in product consistency, productivity and safety conditions for employees through the reduction of RSI potential. A cobot is capable of working continuously throughout the duration of their operating hours with consistent efficiency and results which cannot be achieved by an operator. The application has saved the manual labour of one operator per shift with the added benefit of increased productivity which has actually led to job creation further down the production line.