The HUESKER Group, a manufacturer of technical high-performance textiles for civil engineering, agriculture, industry and lightweight construction, along with ABB, a pioneer in robotics and automation, have developed a high-performance robot used for handling and palletizing heavy yarn reels.
In one of its production plants, which produces base yarn also made from 100 percent recycled materials, the HUESKER Group now relies on the support of a robot. “Recently, we have been giving a lot of thought to how to apply robotics and automation in the best possible way for us and our personnel,” says Dr. F.- Hans Grandin, chairman of the management Board of HUESKER Group. “When it comes to handling and palletizing twine reels, which can weigh up to 17 kilograms each, the advantages are clear—robots relieve our employees of this strenuous job and give them the opportunity to take on other important tasks.”
The robot reliably picks up finished yarn reels from three production machines, which are each fitted with two removal troughs. The robot can handle payloads up to 150 kilograms. On average, it takes around 2.5 tons per day off the shoulders of the employees.
After the successful implementation of its first automation system, HUESKER sees plenty of potential for the use of robotics in additional applications, such as for processes upstream of actual twine production. In this manner, continuous automation lines will be created which will help the company boost productivity and flexibility, as well as further enhance working conditions for employees.