SMB Pressings automates with six-axis robot

Posted on 29 Sep 2018 and read 1648 times
SMB Pressings automates with six-axis robotCannock-based SMB Pressings has increased its capacity by investing in a new 1,300mm-reach six-axis robotic welder from Olympus Technologies.

This ‘state of the art’ machine offers a clean neat weld and will enable the company to increase the volume (and quality) of work it can complete in a day.

SMB director Alan Vincent said: “Four months on from placing the order, the robotic welder is now installed and fully operational.

“We’re still getting to grips with it, but it’s going to be a valuable addition to our capabilities.

“It will deal with the more monotonous welding, which will help to free up skilled staff for other duties — a major benefit, as we’re really busy at the moment.”

SMB Pressings ( employs 22 people on the shopfloor and another eight in the offices, but a growing order book has prompted the company to expand its workforce.

It has recruited one new apprentice from In-Comm Training and is looking to take on a second.

The addition of the robotic welder to the company’s range of machines follows the decision taken in 2016 to invest in a new laser cutting machine and press brake.

The company’s welding and fabrication work includes benching supports for the leisure sector, brackets and framework for modular buildings, staging and guard rails for the utilities sector, seating for the health-care sector, garden furniture, street furniture, cabinets, bicycle and smoking shelters, and work benches.

Its fabrication work includes ductwork, air-handling units, louvred panels and general sheet-metal work.

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