Polishing collaborative robot increases throughput 50%

When Paradigm Electronics launched the “Midnight Cherry” finish on a line of new speakers, the market quickly embraced the new product made entirely in-house at the Toronto-based manufacturer.  They were faced with a challenge to make even more than they anticipated of these new cabinets. The problem was, the product required a significant amount of manual labor — multiple layers of lacquer and between each layered application, you have to sand and buff and sand and buff — but could not find the skilled labor.

The answer to the challenge came with collaborative robots, which would allow them to have a human and a robot working in the same workspace.  They’re now working in a pendulum type of an operation where they can safely interact, allowing the human to check whether the robot has done an adequate amount of work before the final polishing is handed over to the human.  The implementation solved Paradigm’s backlog on the popular cabinets by increasing throughput by 50%.

collaborative robot with worker

Paradigm’s Universal Robots collaborative robot with worker

Read more about their selection process and watch video at Manufacturing Tomorrow, April 14, 2016