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INDUSTRIAL MARKET

6

SEE INTERVIEW

Our cooperation with RAIS is a long-standing

process

Dr. Dipl. Eng. Ivan Getsov, Director of VMZ EAD

In RAIS we have been developing and investing in robotic systems for several years.

Initially, we equipped one of our machines with a robot, evaluated the benefits, and then

created a complex of several machines serviced by a robot. We presented it - already

complete and working - to our partners and in this aspect our partnership with VMZ -

Sopot was subsequently developed. It is a Bulgarian enterprise that invests in modern

technologies and in improving the working conditions. Thanks to the robotic complex

they can more easily plan their production process and increase their efficiency. At the

same time, they free workforce that they can use far more rationally because that work-

force consists of well-trained cadres. I hope you will agree with me that their opinion and

assessment is the most objective.

Dipl. Eng. Nishan Bazdigyan, Manager of RAIS

How did you choose RAIS to make the delivery of a ro-

botic system to VMZ?

VMZ and RAIS have long-lasting contacts, a part of our production base is

equipped with their CNC machine tools. Our latest project is related to the build-

ing of robotic complexes. In their enterprise we saw the work of a robot-operated

lathe. Subsequently we developed a production complex of two lathes serviced

by a robot, and now we already have several robotic lines.

In fact, any process of the operation of a machine can be robotized - feeding

material, loading a detail into the machine, unloading a finished piece, arranging

the finished products, moving them to a storage area. Our task was to ease the

work in our manufacturing facilities and to ensure that there is a production

rhythm, which happened with the commissioning of several machine tool robotic

lines, serviced by robots.

What are the main advantages of the implemented sys-

tem and how will it support VMZ's activities?

This is a manufacturing management system that is connected online with

machines and robots. Robots enable more accurate planning of the production

program in order to achieve greater efficiency and productivity, resulting in re-

duced production costs. At the same time, they greatly facilitate the work of our

employees. The operator only has to monitor whether the robot accurately exe-

cutes all activities, and this can already be done online.

The main advantage is that the robotic complex provides a continuous and

fully automated production process.

The robot can serve multiple machines simultaneously - it takes a blank, over-

loads it, loads it in the first machine, and together with the loading takes the fin-

ished piece from the first machine, leaves it on a pallet, serves the second ma-

chine - and with one opening of the machine it releases the finished detail and

loads a new work piece. RAIS robotic complexes provide high performance, abso-

lute precision in execution, guaranteed quality and precision of the production.

What were the main challenges during the project real-

ization? What specifics did you have to take into ac-

count?

In fact, RAIS had to comply with our specific requirements. Naturally, before

we started working with them, we had the opportunity to evaluate the offers of

other companies as well. The advantage of RAIS is that they can afford to

comply with individual customer assignments. I suppose they could work in a

full-scale production mode and that would certainly be easier for their construc-

tive and manufacturing departments, but they venture to develop a product that

is fully in line with the customer's requirements - like in our case. The production

complexes are designed and equipped according to the parameters we set.

Large manufacturers, whose production is entirely standard, can not comply

with each customer, while RAIS is doing so.

How long did it take for you to complete the overall im-

plementation of the system and what is its value?

I wouldn't say that we have completed the overall implementation of the sys-

tem. Our cooperation with RAIS is a long-standing process and we are not

talking about a single project here. We are talking about value - it is also a

dynamic figure. At present, this is a matter of several million leva, including other

investment elements - not only equipment, but also the preparation of techno-

logical resources and the utilization of machines in production.