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Watch How Spanish Auto Company Successfully Integrates Cobots to Handle Menial Tasks

Multinational automotive company, Continental, is the first Spanish manufacturer to pioneer the move towards industry 4.0. In recent years, the company acquired several UR10 cobots to automate the manufacture and handling of PCB boards, bringing down changeover times from 40 to 20 minutes.

Continental is a constantly growing company which, during its 25 years of history in the automotive industry, has always focused on innovation and as a result, has won numerous major projects in the face of competition from other top-level players.

Cyril Hogard, plant manager at Continental Automotive Spain, emphasizes that one of the main challenges of the industry is to improve productivity given that the company operates within a very competitive sector. When he first heard about collaborative robots 2 years ago he was quickly convinced that the cobots would be a cornerstone for the growth of Continental Automotive within Industry 4.0, based among other things on fast and easy integration, minimal maintenance and improved productivity.

The company Continental Automotive Spain chose Universal Robots to perform the tasks of handling and validating PCB boards and components during their manufacturing process, a monotonous and repetitive task which at the same time requires precision and delicacy.

Initially they installed two UR10 robots for loading and unloading PCB boards and for assembly of components. Currently six UR10 cobots are installed with three additional UR10 projects underway.

The first project was initiated with special enthusiasm as the use of collaborative robots meant working with a groundbreaking technology with processes based on a more modern robotic philosophy, in accordance with the new Industry 4.0, heralding the emergence of the Smart Factory where automation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) are key.

The UR robot application was accomplished by the engineer Victor Cantón, who accepted the challenge despite having no experience in robotics up until then. However, within a few weeks he understood the basics of the UR cobots and was able to start the programming. Having a UR available at a very early stage of the project allowed him to carry out tests and calculations of the cycle and movements in a laboratory in order to streamline and accelerate the implementation.

The Continental team is very pleased with the results of the implementation of the UR cobots on their production line:

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