Robert Kemeling: "Joining the plate parts in a high quality requires a certified welder. But handling the welding extruder is also ergonomically demanding, especially with larger quantities and dimensions. Our idea was therefore to implement a robot with a welding extruder to initially automate monotonous welding. After experimenting with a used robot, we submitted our concept to robot integrator Valk Welding. They developed it into a working robot cell with which we could weld round tanks up to 3 m ø both internally and externally with the robot on a base plate. The table rotates at a speed that the extruder can keep up with".
"With the robot, we achieved significant savings in labour costs and were able to increase quality. Production capacity went up because 1 employee could now work on 2 trays simultaneously. In addition, the robot works in a constant uninterrupted movement, resulting in consistently high quality. For our employees, this meant less strain. It soon became clear to us that the use of the robot offered new opportunities to meet demands that we had previously left unfulfilled. For example, we made 200 tanks for an algae farm and over 200 scooters with plastic containers for PostNL."
Shortly thereafter, the company moved to a larger location, with room for a second larger similar robotic cell. Kemeling also digitized production, raised the organisation to a higher level and expanded the milling department. "Those investments have led to a professionalization drive that has enabled us to achieve a healthy 55% growth in sales over the past six years.