Published on 2021-01-18 12:32:55 UTC in Flexible Manufacturing
Improved efficiency and seamless material supply: in Austria, Philips is automating material transport by using AMRs from OMRON.
Jaqueline, Chiara and Sepp have been helping Philips Austria GmbH in Klagenfurt, Austria, with the internal transport of materials for the past two years. They are very special colleagues because they are autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). To increase the acceptance of these new robot colleagues, the employees at the plant gave them their names. The LD mobile robots from OMRON are used in combination with solutions from an OMRON partner, EM Technologies.
The migration from manual transport processes to mobile robots is part of a broad modernisation project at Philips. In its move towards Factory 4.0, the group relies step by step on LEAN mechanisation; digitisation tools in production and the office; predictive maintenance and quality; and automated workflows. The primary goal of all of these individual projects is Smart Manufacturing.
Personal care with hair and beard trimmers
Founded in 1881 in the Netherlands, Philips employs more than 73,000 people worldwide, some 300 of whom work in Klagenfurt, Austria. This is the location of one of five worldwide Philips competence centres for personal care. The Philips site in Klagenfurt produces, among other items, over 23 million linear cutting elements for hair and beard trimmers each year. These beard trimmers have lift-and-trim technology: the beard hair is first lifted with the help of special trimming attachments and then evenly cut off by the double-acting stainless steel blades.
Project goals: save time, increase efficiency, and make better use of employee skillsThe transportation of these cutting elements in the Klagenfurt plant was carried out for many years by machine operators. This was a time-consuming and inefficient process that needed to be automated in order to relieve the burden on employees and optimise Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). This would free employees so that they would have more time to use their skills on other, more creative and demanding tasks.