Machine Metal Industry or MMI for short is a typical supplier form Venray, Netherlands. The company employs 35 people and specializes in the machining of various materials (such as miscellaneous types of steel, aluminium, copper, brass and plastic).
MMI clients include the automotive sector, for which it is also TS16949 certified, and can thus guarantee high standards that are enormously important for this industry.
Quality and flexibility are the strengths of MMI and that’s why this Dutch player, which has been around for more than 50 years, is a pioneer in all that benefits these strengths. It should therefore come as no coincidence that MMI was already knocking on RoboJob’s door in 2012. First an Okuma LU-15M was automated with a Turn-Assist 250 and shortly afterwards an Okuma LR-25. Just over a year later MMI bought another 3 of the same systems, with which two Okuma LT-3000 EXs and an EX Okuma LU-3000 were automated. The experience showed namely that the Turn-Assists met the demands of this Dutch supplier perfectly with regard to quality, flexibility and simplicity. With the help of RoboJob, MMI has not only succeeded in maintaining the quality and increasing flexibility, but also to reduce the cycle times to a minimum.
Erwin Coppus, Director and major shareholder: “The high cost of personnel in the Netherlands means that automation is an obvious choice. If as a company, you want to remain competitive with the cheaper countries, then you just have to work efficiently. In that context we took up our quest for automation some years ago. We knew RoboJob already but of course also made the comparison with other providers. What appealed to us enormously with RoboJob was the flexibility of their automation, plus the ease with which you can program parametrically. If you choose to automate, then of course you want a solution that is product independent. That’s why we selected RoboJob. We have worked together quite a lot on development and that’s when you quickly notice that these people know what they’re talking about.
Our employees were very open to this change from the start. It was as if they’d got a new challenge in their jobs and they clearly saw the relevance of it. Meanwhile, our robots are fully integrated into the workplace and we continue to work on optimizing our organization."