Tyco Building Services Products AB is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of fire safety products, such as sprinkler installations, water mist systems, gas systems, foam systems, fire extinguishers and fire detection systems. Every pipe, including the coupling, is made to exactly the right size. Tyco was the first manufacturer in Sweden to introduce 100% pre-fabrication, which has considerably reduced the on-site assembly time. The company currently distinguishes itself even further by reducing the delivery time to three weeks.
Use of semi-automation not sufficient
Until recently, Tyco Building Services Products used specialautomated systems to cut the holes in the long sprinkler installation pipes and also to weld the couplings on to the pipes. Each year, that easily adds up to over 200,000 couplings that are welded on to pipes. Manager Manufacturing Operation Ola Holgersson: “That process still involved too many actions and furthermore, the quality had to be improved, the capacity had to be increased and the automation had to provide a cost saving. So, two years ago, we started looking into the possibility of automating the production process with robots.”