Implementation of a new generation of robots in very short time for a more efficient production


To replace the old Reis robot with a Kuka of the latest generation, we redesigned the system at our customer´s premises in two shifts. The seven-day rebuilding phase with several erler employees in two-shift operations was meticulously prepared and coordinated.

Parts of the project were the dismantling of the old robot as well as the assembly of the new robot including the gripper. The new robot´s control system was integrated into an existing PLC control system via Profibus. As there was elaborated a new safety concept this had to be considered for the planning and the assembly.


Construction, Stone, Soil


Our customer recognized the downtime of only seven days as an extraordinary achievement as the dismantling and the assembly of the robot took place in tight spaces. The existing workstations didn´t have to be dismantled during this time.

The 400 previous robot jobs could be reduced to 70. The system now again works completely automatic after the retrofit. A secure restriction of the robot´s working area is assured through KUKA.SafeOperation.

The laboratory robot system runs 365 days round the clock and is one of the most important systems of our customer. The system is used for quality tests and assurance of rock samples.


  • KUKA.SafeOperation
  • Orange HMI
  • Simatic S7
  • Profibus