The manufacturer of cabs for agricultural machinery, Bosal-Sekura Industries A/S from Randers in Denmark, is one of the new clients on the Danish market that recently switched to the Panasonic TAWERS welding robots.
The manufacturer of cabs for agricultural machinery, Bosal-Sekura Industries A/S from Randers in Denmark, is one of the new clients on the Danish market that recently switched to the Panasonic TAWERS welding robots. The company is currently experiencing strong growth and aims to double its turnover within two years. Bosal-Sekura will use three TAWERS welding-robot cells to realise that objective.
The first two welding-robot cells with a TA WERS 1900WG welding robot were supplied earlier this year. Frits Henriksen, Operational Manager Production line 3 ‘Components & Raw Material’, is still busy programming all the elements, but he is already very enthusi astic. “We have been using welding robots to produce frames for some time, but they were from a different manufacturer. Recently we switched to the Panasonic TAWERS welding robots after positive experiences at a dif ferent site of the Bosal Group. So, we are able to compare the new TAWERS welding robots. The ease of programming is what strikes you immediately aside from the high speed. We do this online, but it’s very quick with the teach pendant from Panasonic. The Danish employees of Valk Welding provided excellent support to get us started. I can only say that they did their job perfectly. I also visited the main site in the Netherlands, where the sy stems for all European clients are assembled. You realise on all fronts that you are dealing with an international company with an enor mous know-how in the field of welding.”
The TAWERS welding robots are used in an H frame cell. In that concept, the robot serves two clamping places, each with a clamping table of 3 metres long. The clamping tables can be turned over their longitudinal axis by using PanaDice-manipulators that are coupled to the control as an extra axis. That enables you to complete a round weld wit hout stopping. The H-frame concept makes it possible to insert components during produc tion. For small series that is the most effec tive method, as the welding robot operates virtually continuously. Bosal-Sekura has some hundred different frames and components that are welded in series of five to a maxi mum of 20 pieces. Once the components have been programmed, the operator just needs to the select the correct programme on changeover. There are often five change overs per shift, so it is important to keep this changeover time as short as possible.
Bosal-Sekura only constructs to order for its worldwide dealer network. The demand for Bosal-Sekura cabs is so great that produc tion will be increased to two shifts after the summer and possibly to three shifts by the end of this year. Despite the automation and the effective working method, filling three shifts is currently the major obstacle due to an acute shortage of skilled craftsmen in the metal sector.
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