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SFEG was formed in 2010 to bring together the ca- pabilities of three Scott Fetzer Company businesses: France Power Solutions, Northland Motor Technology, and Kingston Products. Located on the outskirts of Nashville, the company designs and manufactures electrical power products, including transformers, power supplies, motion controls, and drive systems. When the first UR5 robot arrived at SFEG, it was quickly named “Waldo” inspired by the popular Where’s Waldo books featuring a friendly fellow that keeps appearing in new places among crowds of people. “One day, Waldo would be bend- ing sheetmetal, the next day he would be performing pick-and-place tasks, and the third day we would take him to Manufacturing Day at the local high school,” said Matthew Bush, director of operations at SFEG, a manufacturer of a wide range of electrical motors and components. The UR robots are a new type of


robot classified as collaborative due to their interactive design. Collaborative robots are easy to set up for a new task and feature built-in safety systems that enable the robot arm to automatically stop operating if it encounters objects or people in its route. Bush came across this new auto-


mation solution as he was looking for ways to make SFEG more competitive on the global scale, while taking more advantage of existing machinery. “One of our biggest challenges as a high- mix/low-volume producer is that most of our lines don’t run all the time. Try- ing to find a way to put robots on the line in the traditional sense was a very big challenge,” said Bush. “We wanted to build a mobile, flex-


ible robot force, and the only way we would accomplish this was with a col- laborative robot. We only saw a couple of offerings and the UR robot was the only robot that we thought could do the job. It’s got the speed and preci-


sion of a standard industrial robot with the ability to move around and work next to humans,” said Bush. SFEG placed the UR robots on pedestals with wheels


and is now building the fleet of mobile UR robots de- ployed throughout the sheetmetal department. The robots are being integrated into the entire production


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