We are a system integrator of FANUC industrial robots, which allows us to offer flexible and reliable solutions for welding, palletizing, depalletizing, pick and place, packaging and other material handling applications. We offer a complete industrial robots integration solution that includes the installation and programming of industrial robots and peripherals and other supporting infrastructure such as the design and manufacture of custom grippers, conveyor belts, manipulators, machine vision, Ignition based industrial control systems, dosing systems, sensors and measuring instruments and more.
What is a system robot integrator?
Since there are virtually infinite ways a robot can be used for various applications, robot manufacturers do not customize their products for all the applications customers require. Instead, rely instead on distributors and integrators to apply their expertise to help the end-user customize their robots to fit their unique needs. Some companies have their internal experts in robotics, but many companies lack this skill.
Not surprisingly, the robot system integrators play a vital role in the industrial robots distribution channel. Integration is the process of programming and outfitting industrial robots so they can perform automated manufacturing tasks. Robot integrators are companies that will analyse your robotic system needs, provide a plan for automation, and put the automation into production.
What can we offer?
As a robotic systems integrator, Siviko is able to offer:
- Concept design and feasibility study of the requested application which includes identifying the correct robot, tooling and additional hardware needed for the application
- Provide helpful cost-saving tips and help with the Return on Investment (ROI) analysis
- Mechanical, pneumatic and electrical design
- Robot and PLC program design
- Engineering, manufacturing and integration of peripherals and other supporting infrastructure such as:
- Custom grippers or other end-of-arm tools,
- Conveyor belts,
- Additional manipulators or actuators,
- Integrated machine vision,
- Industrial control systems based on Ignition,
- Dosing systems,
- Sensors and measuring instruments
- All other necessary components for the application.
- Configuration, PLC and robot programming
- On-site installation and assembly
- Robot training, programming and communication
- Training and support
Our focus is to offer flexible and reliable solutions for:
- Pick and place
- Material handling
- Optimization of existing robot cells
Getting the most of your existing assets is always important, even more so in challenging times. In this project, we increased the productivity of an existing palletizing robot by over 75% by using the existing robot.
Packaging and Palletizing of Food Products
Concept design in which two robots package and palletize simultaneously food products. The small robot packs two different package sizes in two different cardboard boxes. The boxes then are transported to the larger robot that performs the palletizing.
An industrial robot is defined as “an automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose manipulator programmable in three or more axes, which can be either fixed in place or mobile for use in industrial automation applications”. Good understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of industrial robots is essential for their successful integration on the factory floor. So what are they?
Industrial robots are built to perform fast and accurate. In addition, they are commonly used to automate production processes that previously have taken much more time and resources to complete. As a result, production line efficiency could be increased.
Industrial robots have extremely high levels of accuracy and repeatability, which reduces variation and increases the quality of the finished product. This can also reduce the time spent on quality control.
Improved working environment.
Some tasks are too dangerous, intense, or repetitive for humans to carry and can instead be done by industrial robots. As a result, working conditions and safety can be significantly improved.
The introduction of industrial robots provides higher levels of profitability with a lower cost of the final product by increasing the efficiency of the production process and reducing the resources and time to complete it while achieving better quality. The integration of industrial robots saves considerable resources in the mid and long term. In our experience, the return on such projects is on average about 20% to 50% per year, and in specific cases even more.
Uninterrupted working process.
Industrial robots can operate around the clock at 100% efficiency.
Renewed focus on waste reduction practices.
When a customer uses robots, he is forced to sort through the work process and standardize tasks and parts. He also has to ensure the parts are delivered to the robot in a consistent manner, and that they are ready for the robot to work on. In doing so, he will automatically apply lean manufacturing waste reduction practices by eliminating some non-value-added tasks.
Producers can use robotics in configuring new production systems that meet the rising demand for more product variations, customized products, and product redesigns. It is more flexible in comparison with fixed machines
Help with the problem of finding staff.
Bulgaria is already experiencing the effects of the demographic crisis, but the intensity will be even higher over the next 20 years. According to Eurostat data, by 2040, the active population in the 15-64 age group is expected to decrease by around 1 000 000 people. This will have a huge negative effect on staffing and labour costs. There is no way Bulgarian enterprises can deal with this problem without automation and production optimization.
Although industrial robots are machines like any other, they have always captivated the human imagination because of their elegance, speed, power and precision. Definitely industrial robots are a symbol of high-tech manufacturing. For this, in addition to all the other benefits listed so far, they can also be used as a marketing tool to impress your customers and partners.
Implementing industrial robots can incur a high initial capital investment cost. However, they do prove highly effective and bring a positive ROI.
The initial set up of industrial robots requires a lot of training and expertise as with any other type of technology, this is because they are excellent for performing many tasks.
Limitations vs other machines.
The number of industrial robots has seen a dramatic increase over the years but there are still some limitations to the type of tasks they can perform. Sometimes a bespoke automated system may give a better or faster result than a robot. A robot does not have everything built into it so often the success or failure of an industrial robotic system depends on how well the surrounding systems are integrated e.g. grippers, vision systems, conveyor systems etc.
Limitations vs humans.
Despite the great advancements in the field of robotics and continuous efforts to make robots more and more sophisticated to match the capabilities of human beings, they are still far less adaptable and intelligent than humans. Creative and knowledge-based jobs are less susceptible to automation. This is also true for jobs that involve physical labour, but take place in unpredictable environments, as they rely on human ingenuity and our ability to learn and adapt without being trained for every possible scenario. For example, a manager can order a worker who is drilling to transfer to a new working station that is painting, packaging or polishing. The relocation and learning the new task will happen fairly easy and fast as learning new things comes naturally to humans.
That is not the case with robots. First, they are restricted by the reach of their arm, the functions of their tools the availability of sensors, etc. Even more important is the fact that robots are not able to act any different from what they are programmed to do. Even the most advanced robotic systems of today that use AI algorithms and machine learning to train themselves are far less adaptable than humans.
Why did we choose FANUC as a partner in industrial robots?
- FANUC is the only company in the industry to develop and manufacture all its major components in-house. Furthermore, FANUC products boast superior quality and functional reliability coupled with the highest levels of availability. As a result, FANUC robots are extremely reliable.
- FANUC is also the largest industrial robotics company and has a large portfolio of various robots. Palletizing robots, which is our focus now, are among the fastest.
- FANUC also has a long history with its presence in Bulgaria and offers local support and prevention for the entire lifetime of the robot.
Collaborative robots or cobots are robots intended for direct human-robot interaction within a shared space, or where humans and robots are in close proximity. They have embedded sensors that keep humans safe. Cobot applications contrast with traditional industrial robot applications in which robots are isolated from human contact.
With more than 100 models, FANUC offers the widest range of industrial robots in the world. Covering a diverse range of applications and industries, FANUC robots are easy to operate. They provide complete flexibility thanks to a range of application-specific options, straightforward integration, payloads up to 2.3 t and maximum reaches up to 4.7 m.
The palletiser – designed specifically for the job, this series increases throughput on palletising and handling applications. FANUC was one of the first robot suppliers to develop a series specifically designed for palletising and draws on years of experience in end of line automation.
Arc Welding Robots
Purpose-built for arc welding applications, Arc Mate series robots are the product of years of experience in robotics and welding. With payloads of up to 20 kg and reaches up to 2.0 m, this series is suitable for a wide range of arc welding, laser welding, soldering and cutting applications.
These spider-like robots are built from jointed parallelograms connected to a common base. The parallelograms move a single tool in a dome-shaped work area. Heavily used in the food, pharmaceutical, and electronic industries, this robot configuration is capable of delicate, precise movement.
Offering the next level in speed and precision, FANUC SCARA robots are ideally suited to assembly, pick and place, inspection and packaging applications.
Top Mount Robots
Top mount robots are rail-mounted at 90° or reverse on a linear axis, making them ideal for environments with reduced floor space and ceiling height restrictions.
FANUC paint robots are suitable for a wide variety of painting and coating applications. They offer easy access, optimal work envelopes and maximised throughput. With some models designed to operate in hazardous environments and a wide range of reaches and handling capacities on offer.
The robots can be used in many various applications such as:
- Picking and packing
- Machine Tending
- Cleanroom or wash proof applications