Meijer Metal is among the larger suppliers of metal products in the Netherlands, with approximately 175 employees. “It is not our ambition to be the biggest, but to be the one that can supply products with high quality and high delivery reliability at a competitive price. Thanks to our scale, we can serve our customers broadly and are able to grow with them.”
Automate welding production flexibly
Reinder Hoekstra: “Within our idea of the factory of the future, we prioritized the welding department because that is where we can add a lot of extra value and where the replacement demand was the highest. New welding robots do increase efficiency, but an operator still needs to be present to load the robot. We wanted to go a step further by also automating the logistics part with AGVs. In addition, we wanted to get rid of the shifts, so that we can have our employees working only in daytime shifts. We looked at how the automotive sector does it, but that is too inflexible for us. We want to be able to weld all products together and also in varying series sizes”.