KOCKS is an independent, medium-sized family business with a great tradition. Since 1946 the name KOCKS has stood for innovation, quality and reliability.
The range of services offered by KOCKS includes consultancy, planning, development, construction, delivery, assembly and commissioning of rolling mills (for pipes, wires and rods) as well as the conversion and modernization of existing installations.
The company has now invested in unmanned manufacturing and therefore also in the future by using two robot automations.
"After some consideration, the investment in modern, cost-effective manufacturing was required in order to exist in the market,” said Carsten Aeilts, Managing Director. However, a threshold still exists for some employees and people are still a bit cautious about gaining work experience with the system(s).
After the advisory discussions by the trained staff of Mager & Wedemeyer and a number of visits, the company immediately invested in two RoboJob robots: one of 20 kg for an existing CNC lathe and one of 165 kg for a simultaneously newly purchased large Mazak turning/milling centre.
Aeilts states: “Based on the small batch sizes, it was important to be able to programme and equip quickly and easily. The RoboJob company was the one that most satisfied these requirements. Another important criterion was that the machine did not have to be covered, so that the accessibility for our components was fully retained. Also useful are the various extension options, from the standard stacking table for feed and shaft components, via working from a pallet to stackable pallets, which our robot can stack independently in order to also finish larger numbers even with large workpieces.”
The small robot was set up, installed and instructed on within 3 days and has been running smoothly ever since. In the meantime, the large robot has also been installed, wherein there were some starting difficulties. However, these were put right by means of a new scanner model, so that this installation could now continue to produce unmanned for several nights.
KOCKS is satisfied with the cooperation and working method of Mager & Wedemeyer. It’s currently a bit too early for an overall evaluation of the robotic solutions.