Work ergonomically and more effectively thanks to HRC
The so-called MPE (Manufacturing Planning and Plant Engineering) team around Warren Titus, Logistics, Kobus Westraadt (Bolting System Supervisor), Malcolm Vorster (Bolting Systems Planner), Ethen von Hoffmann (Facilities Planning Supervisor), Mbulelo Bam (Lead Facilities Planner) and Harry Jordaan (Industrial Engineer) specifically noticed that the assembly of the front struts of different vehicle models and the required volume put a lot of strain on the backs and arms of the employees and rethought the process without further ado. What was previously lifted manually from one workbench to another with great effort is now easily taken over by an HRC robot – and protects employees’ backs and the production, which is now significantly more effective and efficient.
The new process has also changed the assembly sequence and arrangement of the various workstations and logistical supply. How, you can see in our video directly from the plant:
In addition to the great physical relief for the assembly staff, the team was able to save around 2.3 million South African Rand – around 176,000 Euros – per year, through the use of human-robot collaboration. A complete success that has not gone unnoticed: The team, under the guidance of their leadership, reached the finals of last year's Naledi Award, South Africa’s version of the Wolfsburg Plant Awards. A big event with red carpets, a big program, dinner and dancing the night away. The team were also finalists in the Wolfsburg VW Group Awards, competing against Volkswagen plants from around the world.