RELIEF IS AT HAND
The installation of CR-35iA was not an ad hoc initiative. Rather, it required a preparation time of just over a year. During this time, STIHL’s own production equipment team set up the green robot’s workstation. Since then, the automated helper has become indispensable on the cut-off machine packaging line. It certainly lightens the load for the on-site workers. In concrete terms, the day-to-day work of CR-35iA looks like this: Taking the cut-off machine from the overhead conveyor, it performs the shaking test to check for the correct position of the fuel pickup body – and it holds the device for the last quality inspection by its human colleague. Finally, the robot takes the finished device for packaging.
The Fanuc robot is the first collaborative robot at the STIHL founding company. Previously, the assembly staff took care of the corresponding production steps. Particularly the shaking test – a purely acoustic test, for which the cut-off machine really has to be shaken – demanded a lot from those responsible: A cut-off machine weighs around 10 kilograms. That means every shift deals with around 8 tons. “The relief the robots provide is enormous, especially for your back,” says assembly employee Waldemar Eirich.