Universal Robots recently joined hands with Phillips Machine Tools India, part of Phillips Corporation as an effort to boost productivity and help manufacturers emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever. Together, they are all set to offer machine shops a safe, user-friendly solution to optimise uptime and enable significant advantages to manufacturers in India. This is an extension of the existing partnership between the two companies in the USA, which was first announced in August 2019.
The distributor agreement between the two companies will ensure the rapid deployment of cobots with Haas CNC machines to help manufacturers staffing issues and stay competitive in this time of uncertainty. It will further offer affordable solutions to new and existing manufacturers and drive them to push the envelope by adopting flexible automation and increase overall productivity.
Talking about the introduction of solutions to the Automated Machine Tending marketplace in India, Pradeep David, GM – South Asia, Universal Robots, shared, “Universal Robots India is pleased to partner with Phillips Machine Tools India, a Haas Factory Outlet, in bringing our solutions to the Automated Machine Tending marketplace in India. With Phillips’ extensive installed base and service network pan India, Universal Robots and Phillips India will bring the benefits of democratised & flexible automation to MSMEs, SMEs & OEMs as India emerges from the pandemic with a leaner but more productive & efficient manufacturing sector.”
Further, Terrence Miranda, MD, Phillips Machine Tools India, said, “Today, more than ever before, it’s all about the competitive edge. We at Phillips Machine Tools India offer innovative, affordable solutions that create an unbeatable competitive advantage for Indian manufacturing. Phillips Automation through Universal Robots offers COBOTS: collaborative robots that provide cost-effective, flexible, and safe automation solutions for a wide range of CNC machine tending tasks. With over 10,000+ CNC machines and 10 technical centres spread across India we combine our machine tool expertise and automation experience to help our customers increase their machine productivity through simple, reliable automation, the Phillips way.”
The companies see tremendous potential in both, retrofitting existing installations with UR cobots, and also for getting through the door to new customers, offering turn-key solutions. After all, there is no hardwiring or complex coding involved in getting a Universal Robot to communicate with a Haas machine since UR has solutions like the VersaBuilt software that facilitates two-way communication between the UR cobot and the CNC. This means UR cobots can easily execute any machining program stored on the Haas CNC directly through the cobot’s own teach pendant, maintaining all Haas safety interlock features. The partnership, thus, endeavours to take manufacturing in India to a whole new level, especially empowering those who are new to automation with a solution that enables Make in India with skyrocketed efficiency and quality.
The partnership between them offers a slew of advantage for India’s manufacturers, combining a Haas-UR solution offered with Phillips’ Manufacturing expertise and application know-how to help businesses boost productivity and also prepare for the possibility of any future disruptions.