Two new UR5 Cobots are now assisting Hi Mark with the cutting and gluing of their spring isolators at the manufacturers plant in Wrexham, Wales. The standard process was repetitive and hard to staff due to high output volumes and the need for consistency within production quality. Automating this process resulted in reduced opportunity of RSI, improved product consistency and an increase in efficiency, resulting in job creation.
The Original Process
With the factory manufacturing thousands of products every day, an operator was having to constantly man this process to ensure output levels and cycle times were kept to a standard. The process saw operators having to manually cut tabs off the isolators which were delivered to them by their Sepro machine. Though this process worked, there was an increased risk of RSI for the operator as the output levels of the machine had to be matched, with this came the issue of maintaining product consistency as the operators were having to work quickly.