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Case Study: SEW-Eurodrive Develops Trust and Confidence in Automated Manufacturing Systems

Case Study Published By: Makino
Makino
Published:  Jun 23, 2017
Type:  Case Study
Length:  4 pages

SEW-Eurodrive of Lyman, S.C., began researching automation during the late ’90s. With its first robotic system, the company saw immediate improvements in productivity; however, issues between the machine provider and third-party integration company stretched installation timelines, and performance was unable to meet OEE goals. SEW hired Makino to fix and expand the cell, as well as install a new robotic cell, which enabled SEW to meet these goals:

  • Grow production output tenfold at the Lyman plant with only a minor increase in manpower.
  • Achieve annual production volumes of more than 500,000 units per year.
  • Become the most efficient operation within SEW-Eurodrive’s global network of manufacturing facilities, including its China operation.