Managing a robotic workforce

KOKI builds precision gear shifters and boxes for some of the world’s leading automakers.  Like many advanced manufacturers, KOKI relies on a fleet of robots to help build its precision products. With a commitment to lean production, the company needed a way to reduce unscheduled downtime to ensure the product availability that its customers demand.

Managing a robotic workforce

KOKI builds precision gear shifters and boxes for some of the world’s leading automakers. Like many advanced manufacturers, KOKI relies on a fleet of robots to help build its precision products. With a commitment to lean production, the company needed a way to reduce unscheduled downtime to ensure the product availability that its customers demand.

Experts estimate that unplanned stoppages at a large automotive factory can cost more than $1 million an hour.

A robot that fails unexpectedly can have a major impact on a manufacturer like KOKI, whose customers require just-in-time delivery of components. In the past, a welding robot failure would force KOKI to convert another robot to make up for the lost production, a time-consuming and costly task.

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