RoboticThe TestingVolker Schumacher - Robotics & VR Innovation Scout, Global
“When we first contacted the company for collaborative robots and showed our facilities and processes to the manager he said: to grab these non stiff parts with the robot will never work. But today we do!“
Collaboration on a daily basis is key for the global network of SG plants.
The Travel, Madrid
RoboticThe Travel, Madrid
Its relevance is powered by innovative spirit.
And before you will we take you back in time to the beginnings of the teamwork with SG Spain that started when Sven Müller had an idea for automatization years before.
RoboticYears beforeSven Müller - Coordination Innovation Process, Global
Collaborative systems were just on the rise. I found a suitable robot manufacturer with whom we ran some tests. The biggest challenge was how to grab and channel the soft rubber materials into machine tools.”
The R&D lab from company Festo came up with the idea to copy a pneumatic muscle that flexes and relaxes. The tests were promising. Michael Lorig mentioned to Sven that the guys in Spain are also starting something with robots. The rest is history.
This process has been done in part manually and is now fully automized with the additional assistance of collaborative robots.
RoboticThe DevelopmentÁlvaro Jiménez Gradillas - Leader & Coordination Innovation, Spain
The good thing is that heavy tasks are handed over to robots while people handle the more sensitive and complex tasks such as quality management.
RoboticThe CoordinatorÁlvaro Jiménez Gradillas - Leader & Coordination Innovation, Spain
“In my room I have hundred of small model cars
which I collected over the years since childhood.
I am also a Formula One fanatic.”
RoboticThe Job HistoryÁlvaro Jiménez Gradillas - Leader & Coordination Innovation, Spain
In November 2015, the Managing Director of SG Spain, Juan de Navascués, handpicked a five people innovation team personally in which he became the team leader.
RoboticThe SpiritSharing knowledge
This created a team spirit within the entire company that consists of 250 people in total.
A company refused to help with the usage of collaborative robots.
They plainly stated that it was simply impossible for collaborative robots to handle sensitive rubber product the right way. The team stubbornly continued. Now they are independent and own all the knowledge about how to use and implement collaborative robots themselves.
The Innovation team
RoboticÁlvaro Jiménez Gradillas Leader & Coordination Innovation, Spain
RoboticÁngel García Gismero Innovation Technician, Spain
“I work here for 20 years now. What I really like about this place is Juan’s continuous engagement for improvements. He came to the company and changed it into a much more personal and engaging atmosphere.”
Our heads are round so that our thinking can change its direction
RoboticRaul Serna Pozuelo Innovation Technician, Spain
“I like the complexity of this machine. In the innovation team now I support mainly Angel with the tooling of the robot and how the profile ends up at the robot always in the same position. I also help Patricia with the programming.
What I like the best here is that I am learning something new every day as opposed to the former factory where it was always the same.”
Learning is experience - everything else is just information
RoboticPatricia López AlvesRobotics Programmer, Spain
“In parallel I am in the second year of studying psychology because I am very interested in what’s going on inside humans. I love my colleagues - they make for a beautiful and great team.”
If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find excuses
RoboticDiego Rodriguez Masip Industrial Engineer Student, Spain
“The most important project right now is the robot but I also work on coating thickness detection, the thesis of my studies. I work together with Patricia on programming, research and analyzing collected data from various machines.
What I like the most here is that everything is the opposite of routine. I have to be creative and invent things. And this team makes it interesting and fun.”
Small steps walk big distances
RoboticManuel R. Gonzalez Martín Innovation Technician
“I like the atmosphere in our team, the research for new technologies like cameras, software and the fact that there could be useful for any of our projects.”
RoboticIsabel García GaldónAdministration Innovation
“I am looking into financial support for our projects. This year for example our ministry of economy co-financed our new extrusion line. We are proud of this acknowledgment from the Spanish government. I love my job: it is very satisfying for us when projects are funded and realized because of it. And I love my team.”
The best way to predict the future is to invent it
Special Thanks to...
Álvaro Jiménez Gradillas
Diego Rodriguez Masip
Isabel García Galdón
Manuel R. Gonzalez Martín
Patricia Lopez Alves
Raul Serna Pozuelo
SaarGummi Automotive SaarGummi Ibérica S.A.
Calle Hierro, s/n
Pol. Ind. Gestesa
E-28890 Loeches Madrid
Tel. +34 91 886 23 00
Fax +34 91 886 23 03
Juan de Navascues