Industrial Robotics to Boost Productivity and Cope with Labour Shortage
Discover how CFR Group’s robotics cells have helped Quadco INC—an equipment manufacturer for the forestry industry—to cope with labour shortage while increasing its productivity.
In 2015, the equipment manufacturer for the forestry industry Quadco INC—previously Usinage Rimouski—was facing a persisting economic situation in its region of Bas-Saint-Laurent: the shortage of labour. With the objective to offset the lack of staff and to increase its productivity, the Rimouski-based manufacturer decided to turn towards automation and robotics.
Quadco INC was looking for a custom-designed solution, as well as a turnkey service, and, therefore, chose to hire CFR Group. Well aware of the manufacturer’s specific needs, CFR Group was able developed state-of-the-art robotics cells equipped with artificial vision, inter alia, for the automation of Quadco INC’s production chain.
A Constant and Improved Production
Since 2015, three cells have been installed in Quadco INC’s workshop. “We currently have three robotics cells in operation, and each of them feeds two machining centres for the manufacturing of our cutting tools used for forest harvesting operations,” says Stéphane Larouche, Managing Director of Quadco INC.
Thanks to CFR Group’s robot cells, which have a range of up to five hours depending on the type of products being produced, Quadco INC can now manufacture day and night.
This constant production also allowed Quadco INC to increase its production volume. “Since CFR Group installed their robot cells in our workshop, we have experienced a production increase of about 15% to 20%,” mentions the Managing Director.
“ Since CFR Group installed their robot cells in our workshop, we have experienced a production increase of about 15% to 20%, ” – Stéphane Larouche, Managing Director of Quadco INC.
“The installation of CFR Group’s robot cells has made us able to prevent hiring about 5–6 employees who would have been necessary without robotics,” confirms M. Larouche. The Rimouski-based manufacturer can say that its mission is accomplished! Indeed, its production capacity is now considerably higher, and needs a smaller number of employees.
A “Perfect” Service
Words that speak for themselves
15 % to 20 %
of production increase
the robot cells allowed Quadco INC to avoid the need for
5 to 6 staff members
in a context of scarcity of labor
4 to 5
hours of autonomous production by the cells
hours of constant production
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