Flexible cobots boost capacity and satisfaction at Swedish machine shop

FT-Produktion turned to flexible collaborative robots – cobots – to boost productivity without adding personnel. The new technology also elevated job satisfaction by bringing variation to daily routines – a key advantage in an industry battling to attract

No machine shop in its right mind would turn down global leaders like Volvo, Renault and Scania when they come calling with orders – even if it means pushing capacity and productivity to the limit. But in a labour market where recruiting qualified employees is easier said than done, it takes innovation to increase output capacity.

To meet growing market demand, the Swedish machine shop FT-Produktion turned to specialised robot technology designed to meet the automation needs of small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses.

“We chose a combination of solutions from OnRobot, Universal Robots and EasyRobotics because they are easy to program. The investment in this solution will pay for itself in just nine months. Now we can fill significantly bigger orders,” says Joakim Karlberg, who owns and operates the family-owned machine shop FT-Produktion together with his sister.

Based in the southern Swedish town of Åseda and founded in 1983, FT-Produktion has a diverse staff of 25 employees with roots in Sweden, Norway, Lithuania, Syria and Thailand. Working in tandem with the neighbouring company Profilgruppen, FT-Produktion supplies a wide range of customers, including carmakers, construction companies, and the furniture industry. The company’s metal profiles measure up to 7.5 metres and are used in the manufacturing of balconies, solar panels, electrical fixtures and lorries. FT-Produktion has annual turnover of SEK 19 million.

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EME Hydraulic has invested in a ProFeeder from EasyRobotics. The company CEO, Jesper Østergaard, is extremely pleased with the resulting improvements in efficiency. “We have gone from a 16-hour manning to 2-hour manning for the function the ProFeeder is now performing. We produce cylinders for agriculture and industry. We purchased a robot solution from EasyRobotics in order to free up some staff. Before, we had to man the machine for 16 hours, but after we introduced the robot we only need manual input for two hours daily. This means that we can now focus more on value added tasks, while the robot does the repetitive work" says Jesper Østergaard from the machine factory in Egernsund with 15 employees.

With the ProFeeder as a first step, he has plans to further increase automation in the future, with the next project already on the drawing board.

In the short video you can see Jesper Østergaard explaining more about the benefits of ProFeeder.