1st step in automation is RoboHub Eindhoven’s initiative for sharing our knowledge with companies that have an interest in automation.
With the rise of the ‘Industry 4.0’ and ‘Smart Industry’ we see an increase in demand for automation. Where industrial automation used to be an industry catering almost exclusively to large car manufacturers, High tech companies and mass production factories we can see a shift. Over the last decade more and more small companies have started becoming interested in automating their productions.
With this shift comes a new market for creating automation projects relating to small scale production, flexible manufacturing and collaborative robots that can work together with humans.
The RoboHub Eindhoven has, through our researches and competitions, gathered significant knowledge about these new automation projects. We use our experience to help companies wanting to make a shift towards automation.
The RoboHub Eindhoven has created a blueprint to help companies identify steps in their production process that can be automated.
We start of by looking at the production process. Together with the company we look at the production process and make a process breakdown.
From this process breakdown we identify which steps require human labour.
Together with the company we decide which of these steps require automation.
We design an automated (concept) solution for these process steps.
If the company is interested, we can create a (small scale) demo of our solution.
The above steps help give a clear idea to companies what automation would look like in their factory and whether it is something they want to pursue. If, after our help, companies feel they are ready to automate we can connect them to our network of integrators, automation experts and engineering companies who can help realise any automation project.
As a diverse team of student and young professionals the RoboHub Eindhoven is at the forefront of automation. Through our research and competitions, we take part in developing the newest and most advanced robots for all kinds of applications. Our goal is sharing knowledge and helping interested companies, as a result we can give independent and openminded advice.
Kampert Nauta is a printing company in Oss (in The Netherlands) making flyers, posters, banners, business cards and a lot more. Kampert Nauta asked the RoboHub Eindhoven to look at their production process and see what could be automated and show them a demo. After looking at their process we identified the de-stacking of paper as a good proof of concept.
During the production process the paper is de-stacked several times. The de-stacking is currently done by hand with a tool designed for picking up a certain number of sheets at a time. This is a very labour-intensive process and (depending on the amount of paper) can be quite heavy. By adapting the ‘gripping’ tool to be fitted to a robotic arm we automated the process. The demo allowed us to demonstrate how the automated de-stacking works and how it would fit in their production process.
By Helping Kampert Nauta identifying what steps in their production process could be automated and giving them an example of how it could be done, we helped them in orienting their company to a more sustainable and future proof production process.