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Automated grinding and finishing process with media changing station

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KOHL & SOHN

METAL FABRICATOR SINCE 1897

Employees: 500
Headquarters: Cologne
Production locations: 3
Distribution locations: Worldwide

The Solution

ROI
< 2 Years

100 %
less
manual work

50 %
less
stations

30 %
less
abrasives

scope &
of
work

PROCESS OPTIMIZATION

  Grinding off welding residues
  Prepare surfaces ready for painting
  Reduce lead time
  Cost reduction
  Minimize maintenance

Material: Steel

“Due to the constant pressure conditions during automated grinding, significantly fewer grinding wheels are needed than during manual grinding.“

Hubertus Müller,
CEO
KOHL & SOHN

Cloos Kohl & Sohn metal grinding AAK

INITIAL SITUATION

In the past, the components were processed manually. There can be fluctuations in the amount of effort needed to achieve the required quality, as the grinding result strongly depends on the sensitivity of the respective employee. This dependency is eliminated when using the robot. Thanks to the precise technology, it offers consistently high quality with reproducible results. At the same time, the production capacity is now less dependent on the availability of individual employees.

THE PROCESS

Overall, Kohl & Sohn was able to significantly accelerate the production processes by switching to automated grinding technology and the reduced non-productive times. Another positive effect of the robot use is the reduced consumption of grinding wheels. Due to the constant pressure conditions during automated grinding, significantly fewer grinding wheels are needed than during manual grinding.

Improved working conditions

Last but not least, the employees also benefit from the use of the new technology and the improved working environment. The robot system offers employees a demanding and exciting workplace. As the robot carries out the physically heavy work, they can concentrate on process monitoring. The general hazard from sparks, emissions and heat is significantly lower than with manual grinding. In order to benefit fully from the innovative technology, the staff was intensively trained by CLOOS. In the meantime, five employees have been trained to work on the robot system. This means that the robot system can continuously produce in 3-shift operation.

The result

  • Perfectly prepared surfaces ready for painting
  • Exactly reproducible quality
  • Optimization of the use of abrasives
  • Great savings in production costs
  • Guaranteed process reliability

OUR EXPERTISE = YOUR ADVANTAGE

We see it as our task to offer you today what will solve your problems tomorrow and increase your competitiveness. Thanks to patented Active Compliant Technology solutions we achieve better results in quality and productivity for all those involved in these processes. You are welcome to receive all details about this project in the form of a fact sheet >>>

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