ArcWorld completes the picture of a successful family business
Vanhoucke Machine Engineering is a Belgian family owned business with a current staff of fifteen, was founded thirty years ago. Located in Moorslede in West Flanders, the company is now a global player within the niche market of designed agricultural machinery: from environmentally friendly thermal/mechanical weed control to harvesting and processing machinery for vegetables.
Vanhoucke Machine Engineering has recently more than doubled their production space and thoroughly updated the machine park. They had bought and used a second-hand handling robot as a test for welding purposes, and thus it became clear that they could use a welding robot for producing small series of 30 to 50 pieces with a lot of variations. With this in mind Vanhoucke contacted all the robot companies. They made a trial with a Cobot type of robot but decided that it would not work out for them in the end. However, Yaskawa had proposed other robotic products, such as the ArcWorld robotic welding cell, which seemed more suitable to Vanhoucke.
– Yaskawa was also the company that responded immediately, said Maarten Vanhoucke. It is always nice when you send an inquiry and get a reply with the information you need within a day.
They also got an invitation to see an ArcWorld welding cell in use at the Polet company, which turned out to be the solution that Vanhoucke was looking for. The ArcWorld cell at Polet is a compact version, so Vanhoucke simply opted for a larger model.
The ArcWorld cell was delivered in November of 2020 and after a few adjustments quickly turned into full production. It now has a large variety of products to process. Due to the increasing demand of agricultural machinery most parts of those machines are now welded by the ArcWorld robot.
Customer: Vanhoucke Machine Engineering
Product: Agricultural machinery
Industry: Yellow goods
Application: Arc welding
System components: ArcWorld CS