Number of Operators Reduced
25 October 2012
Intier Automotive in Redditch selected UPM Conveyors to automate product handling from a bank of seven large tonnage Injection moulding machines. The project offered a pay back time of only eight months against an investment of £150k by improving efficiency and reducing labour.
Originally an operator was employed on each machine to vis - ually check and carry out secondary operations on the parts, which would then be stacked in a stillage ready to be taken to the assembly area via pallet truck or forklift.
With the UPM solution, a robot on each machine feeds the moulding on to a belt conveyor located at high level, which transfers to a main conveyor some 60m long for transport to a central area where a reduced number of operators performs the same task that was previously carried out at each machine.