Our cooperation with RAIS is a long-standing
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-
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.