This is why STIWA has been receiving an increasing number of customer requests for automation solutions aiming at lower volumes of up to one million pieces and with cycle times of up to 15 seconds. "With more than 50 years of know-how in high-performance automation, our focus has been on high-performance systems with low cycle times and high production volumes. This is our core competence when it comes to future automation projects for our regular customers, and it is also our focus when trying to acquire new customers. Nevertheless, for quite some time now we have also been looking into possibilities to expand our automation portfolio to include high-quality, but more cost-effective automation solutions," Fuchshuber explains.
It all started in 2020: our "Standard Performance" project delivered systems and components with cycle times from ten to 60 seconds. As the fast transport of parts was no longer necessary due to the improved cycle times, the basic systems on three steering gear systems could be replaced with more cost-effective robot lines which also operate manual workstations. The first unit has already been delivered to a long-standing customer in Hungary, while two more systems are currently in the commissioning phase.
"Smart Automation" is the next step in the evolution of this approach: staying on the well-proven path of standardization, the aim was to develop the most flexible, cost-efficient and future-oriented automation solutions possible. "We deliberately chose a disruptive approach, without any specifications, barriers or taboos," says Fuchshuber. The goal was to use less hardware through the increased use of software and AI, new technologies such as additive manufacturing, and to implement organizational changes such as smaller but more universally deployable project teams.