Whirlpool is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of home appliances. It has approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 92,000 employees and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers. It recently implemented three MiR200 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) from Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) for materials handling at its plant in Łódź, Poland. Challenge Whirlpool produces dryers […]
ACT Fulfillment is a California-based third-party logistics (3PL) provider. Founded in 1994, ACT’s warehousing space has grown from 15,000 square feet to 1.4 million square feet. ACT employs 600 people and services wholesale, retail and e-commerce fulfillment for major fashion brands. ACT also provides value added services for its customers. ACT’s Ryan Cox led the […]
Founded in 1983 and based in the town of Åseda in Southern Sweden, FT Produktion is a machine shop that supplies metal parts measuring up to 7.5 meters in size to a variety of industries. The company has 25 employees that hail from Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Syria, and Thailand who work in tandem with neighboring company Profilgruppen. […]
Ford Spain recently acquired three MiR100 collaborative mobile robots to help reduce the time and human effort involved in moving materials in its Valencia factory.
Fitzpatrick Manufacturing, a Sterling Heights, Michigan-based CNC machine shop and custom manufacturer founded in 1952, supplies parts to more than a dozen sectors, including aerospace, automotive, medical equipment and oil and gas. To increase operational efficiency and counterbalance a tight labor market, Fitzpatrick Manufacturing made its initial foray into advanced automation by adopting a Sawyer […]
The global market for collaborative robots (cobots) will grow from $710 million in 2018 to $12.3 billion in 2025. While much of that growth will continue in automotive, electronics, and other manufacturing, the safety and flexibility collaborative robots will bring robotics to an ever-wider range of users. Here are some unconventional examples of how cobots […]
Crops such as potatoes and wheat have been harvested mechanically at scale for decades. But many crops have resisted automation. Iceberg lettuce is one of those crops. But the University of Cambridge is hoping to change that with Vegebot. The lettuce-picking robot has been tested in a variety of field conditions with G’s Growers, a local […]
Zippertubing, which provides coverings for cabling for the automotive and aerospace industries, needed reliability and throughput. It found them with a UR5 cobot arm and accessories.
Collaborative robots can help small and mid-size enterprises stay competitive, providing the benefits of industrial automation but with greater ease of use, affordability, and flexibility. Dutch manufacturer DEONET is an example of how robots that work alongside people can boost quality and productivity. DEONET was founded 25 years ago and is based in the technology […]
Ket-Met, a Finnish subcontract machine tooling shop, found that its existing CNC machines required too much manpower to stay competitive. It reduced machine hour costs by 40% with UR cobots.
In this case study, Toolcraft had to take on a third shift and precisely move medical parts in its CNC machine. With an integrator’s help, the machine shop used a UR5e cobot to increase production.