Robotization in the

For decades, the robotisation of operations has brought about change and progress in the business world. Many companies have been able to automate processes and thus improve their operating results. In recent years, however, robotisation has taken enormous steps and is becoming increasingly accessible to more and more companies. Work in the industrial sector is increasingly carried out by robots. The international industry federation of robot manufacturers IFR assumes an annual increase of 15%.

Robotisation is becoming more and more interesting

It is increasingly interesting for companies to use robotics. Also production companies from the SME, where robotization used to be unattractive because of the high costs, can now make use of robots. Suppliers of robots make it easier to afford to buy robots, for example by offering affordable rental options. Thanks to industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, it is also becoming easier and easier to connect different machines in a production process, sometimes even in different parts of the world.

Developments within the metal industry

Within the metal industry there is an increasing demand for low volume (small product series), high mix (large diversity) products. Different technological developments such as 3D printing and automation make it possible to efficiently deliver small runs in high quality at the same price. In a way, customization for the price of mass production.

In order to meet the ever-changing wishes of the customer, the production process must be continuously adapted. This makes automation difficult. Robots are designed to perform the same operation for a longer period of time and programming new operations would be a time-consuming task.

This has changed with the arrival of cobots. These fast learning robots are easy to program and can learn an action after it has occurred once. This saves time (and money) and is the result for low production numbers. In addition, a cobot has several advantages such as the ability to work with people.

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Robotization of a press brake process

A good example of how cobots can be of value in the metal industry can be seen in the video below. The supply of metal plates to a press brake is done completely autonomously by a cobot, which is in contact with the lathe. The only thing that needs to be done by employees is the supply of the metal plates and the removal of the edged plates.

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The Panda, an advanced cobot for the metal industry.

The Panda is one of the most advanced systems in collaborative robotics. Developed by Franka Emika from Munich, imported by WiredWorkers to the Netherlands. This cobot is designed with the human arm as a starting point. A small selection of the features:


  • 7 joints equipped with sensors.
  • A load capacity of 3 kilos.
  • Equipped with a gripper
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Quick to install
  • Easy to program
  • Delivered in a single box.

The sensitivity of this robot makes it suitable for working with people. Within a production or assembly process, the collaborative robot can support employees and even take over tasks. Because of its size and weight, it can be implemented almost anywhere in a company and is easy to move. It is therefore possible for the Panda to perform the same action for a longer period of time, but also to perform a different task on a daily basis.

Download the Franka Emika Panda specifications

Quick to install, easy to program, sensitive, secure, compact and flexible. Features of the Franka Emika Panda. Read more!

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