Flexible robot for faster metal machining

The company Danish Tool Productions can now replace manual labour in its production with a robot that grinds saw blades faster. This has been demonstrated in a completed EU project for which MADE provided guidance on implementing automation.

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Danish Tool Productions make saw blades that can cut brick, concrete blocks and LECA.

The SME applied for assistance under the EU project ADMA Trans4MErs, in which MADE is a partner, to expand their production capacity:

“We had acquired a robot, but lacked the know-how for programming it to grind our saw blades. That’s why we contacted MADE for advice: First we completed a Trans4MErs questionnaire, and then they helped us find the right experts,” says Niels Mostrup, sales manager and owner of Danish Tool Productions.

MADE put the company in touch with an expert at the Danish Technological Institute, who was able to assist with the programming: 

“We gave Danish Tool Productions some tips and tricks for programming the robot to produce saw blades to their custom specifications. Niels Mostrup was very much involved in developing the solution, and we collaborated in designing some of the tools,” explains Søren Peter Johansen, Technology Manager at the Danish Technological Institute.

Part of the solution was to combine a pick & place function + gripper in a single robot in order to speed up the machining process:

Danish Tool Productions

Danish Tool Productions develop and make saw blades designed to cut brick, concrete and LECA, as well as manufacturing contract tools for construction and other industries.

The Danish company was founded in 1989 and has 8 employees.

The business took part in a Trans4MErs programme from March 2023 to December 2024.

Now, we no longer need a human operative tending the machine. The robot picks the saw blades from a feed tray and grinds them, and when it’s finished, it knows how to switch the machine off, too. We’re already saving a lot of time on machining because of the faster handling of the saw blades between the grinding processes

Niels Mostrup, sales manager and owner of Danish Tool Productions

The 40 hours of sparring on the Trans4MErs project was transformative for this SME:

“It’s a shining example of how SMEs stand to benefit from state-of-the-art technologies, even if they don’t have the technical know-how. Robots nowadays are so flexible and intuitive virtually anyone can use them,” says Johansen.

So, perhaps your company will be next in line for assistance from Trans4MErs? Reach out to MADE and get started.

Read the article in Danish.

Merete Nørby

International Senior Consultant, Ph.D.

Mobil: +45 2112 3991
Mail: mnorby@made.dk

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