Robotiq’s Case Study on Fusion

Maximize Human Potential in CNC Machining Operations

Problem

Fusion OEM is a small machine shop in the Chicago area. Named one of Forbes’ top 25 small American companies in 2017, it has always aimed to stay ahead of the game through innovation.

But recruiting a good machinist in the Chicago area is a tough task for any machine shop.

Solution

Head machinist Davin Erickson saw a video of a collaborative robot tending a CNC machine on social media and immediately set about convincing CEO Craig Zoberis to buy one.

Now—one year later—Fusion OEM has four Universal Robots equipped with Robotiq’s Hand-E Adaptive Grippers, Force Copilot software for simple force control programming, and Insights monitoring software to improve production capacity.

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Collaborative robots deployed within a year
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Percent increase in production capacity with cobot-tended machines
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Times cheaper to run the same job with a collaborative robot than a human worker

Conveyor Accessories Embraces Cobot Integration After 40 Years in Business

Problem

Conveyor Accessories, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing conveyor belt fasteners and installation tools since 1979. They have products that service industries ranging from food processing to underground mining.

After successfully running his business for 40 years, owner Tom Richardson (a baby boomer himself), realized the potential of installing a cobot onto his machine shop floor. He reached out to Fusion to do the integration. 

“We needed to increase our efficiency and make the operation quicker,” said Richardson.

Solution

Fusion installed a Universal Robots (UR5e) cobot with a Robotiq Hand-E Adaptive Robot Gripper, in June of 2019.

Shortly after the integration Tom was championing cobots, even speaking with Fox News about his success with Fusion. On whether these cobots are taking jobs, Richardson responded “It works in reverse. You have better, higher skilled people. It gives them a lot more purpose and they see the earning potential. Instead of mundane tasks, they learn to program these types of robots. So their job level really goes up. We run ours [cobot] 11 hours a day. It never gets tired; never complains.”