Guide: In order to meet new demands, NTM must increase production capacity. Is it a night shift production strategy or an introduction of automation equipment? In the end, NTM chose to use automated equipment to achieve night shift unmanned black light production, and FANUC robots to cope with the need for capacity increase.
Industrial robots replace traditional manpower production modes to achieve automated production. The legend of "black light factory" has been staged, no manual operation, no lighting, and the machine is running in the dark.
NTM is one of Europe's leading suppliers of waste trucks and waste compactors. In order to cater to the growing demand for various types of waste recycling, NTM has designed and produced hundreds of models. The company's sales volume has continued to increase in recent years, maintaining a growth rate of 10-15%.
However, there are some problems with a large number of production orders that bring profits to the company. In order to meet new demands, NTM must increase production capacity. Is it a night shift production strategy or an introduction to automation equipment? In the end, NTM chose to use automated equipment to achieve night shift unmanned black light production, and FANUC robots to cope with the need for capacity increase.
Helping night shift production
"We chose to introduce automation equipment, but at the same time, it also brought us great challenges. We have to maintain the existing plant scale without interfering with existing production. Under the premise, the production capacity of garbage trucks and garbage compactors will be increased," said NTM head Simon Gronqvist.
By equipped with FANUC robots for heavy lifting and welding operations, NTM achieved nighttime production instead of manpower night shifts. When we announced that we wanted to use robots, the workers showed too much concern in the future, especially when they knew that the robots were helping them to work and they were working night shifts. They became more responsive to the company's decision. Gronqvist said.
At present, most of the heavy lifting operations are done by robots, which reduces manpower consumption. NTM has increased production capacity without allowing workers to work night shifts, meeting the growing demand for capacity expansion.
Selected FANUC Robot
NTM chose FANUC for various reasons.According to Gronqvist: FANUC offers a complete solution for the needs of NTM – the M-2000iA/2300 is the only heavy-duty robot capable of handling loads weighing up to 2 tons. The M-2000iA can easily handle heavy-duty profiles before welding. The in-position work; the arc welding robot M-10iA can cope with the precision welding required in night shifts.
"This solution has a small footprint and high security, and is very compatible with our existing processing equipment. Moreover, our factory has been equipped with a FANUC robot before, and the staff is familiar with the operating system." Gronqvist added. This solution is designed to meet the needs of NTM products to increase capacity in the next few years.
Safe and reliable unmanned operation
During the day, FANUC robots prepare for night work in advance, placing heavy payloads in safety stations, and workers can operate with only one control panel. System settings. At night, the robot works efficiently in unmanned workshops.
Every night, they can finish welding of about 10 profiles. The M-2000iA hoists the profile from the base to the safe area, rotates to the right position, and welds all the contours of the profile with the M-10iA. After completing the welding of a section of the profile, the robot returns to the initial position and begins the second round of machining. After the early shift workers go to work, they can manually inspect the welds and send the qualified profiles to the next section for assembly.
Gronqvist said: "If there is a misoperation in the night work, the operating system will alarm, the robot arm will automatically shut down, and we will receive an alarm signal." As of now, the FANUC robot is running well and the NTM has not been received. Call the police.
The cooperation with FANUC has achieved great success. However, this is not the end of the NTM automation revolution. According to Gronqvist, “Thanks to robots, we can produce more garbage trucks, clean up and recycle more garbage, and better serve the society. In the future, we will continue to use automated equipment to assist workers in their operations. Meet the demand for capacity expansion."