Alan Vincent, production planning and customer operations director at SMB Pressings, says: “We chose the welding system from Olympus as they demonstrated its ease of programming with our parts, and its price compared to other solutions.”

Four months on from placing the order, the robotic welder is now installed and fully operational. The system will enable the company to increase the volume and quality of work it can complete in a day. According to Vincent, the system will deal with more monotonous welding tasks, which will help the company release skilled staff for other duties.

SMB Pressings employs 22 people on the shop floor and another eight in the offices, but its growing order book has prompted workforce expansion. 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 healthcare sector, garden furniture, street furniture, cabinets, bicycle and smoking shelters, and work benches.

Olympus Technologies says it introduced the Universal Robot welding system to the market as SMEs needed a quality robotic welding solution at a lower price point than previously available. The welding processes are easy to program through the use of bespoke software written by Olympus. System installation only takes one day, with full training provided before commissioning.