Svedplan (Alingsås, Sweden; www.svedplan.se), part of the Licentia Group (www.licentia.com) and a producer of flat pack furniture, has used eight robots from ABB (www.abb.com) to improve competitiveness and reduce risk to manual handlers. As a result, production has increased by 45%. Svedplan needed to improve processes to maintain competitiveness with low-cost production and reduce the risk to handlers in the packaging process.
Svedplan turned to Teamster AB (www.teamster.se), which created three stations with a total of eight ABB robots. To accompany the new robots, vision system software was installed. This enables products to be saved as recipes in the system; changes to product handling can be made efficiently. New products can be introduced by entering the pack size with details of the packaging position and station.
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