Fusion | Haas Customer Success Story
Fusion’s story begins as a contract assembly and machining house founded by Craig Zoberis almost 20 years ago. In 2017, the company was named one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 25 Small American Companies. Today, Fusion manufactures more than 100 different products – from simple assemblies of machined parts to complex electro-mechanical industrial machinery and electrical control panels.
But when Craig’s employees discovered a new manufacturing innovation on social media, the company expanded its service offerings even further.
Fusion’s head machinist, along with some other employees, saw online how uncaged robots were doing work in machine shops, and they presented the idea of installing robots in their facility to Zoberis.
“My staff were the ones who wanted this implementation,” Zoberis says. “They were tired of doing the repetitive and dull tasks on the machine shop floor, and were huge champions of investing in robots, or in our case, cobots (collaborative robots).”
After some convincing, Zoberis began to realize all the potential. Fusion deployed five UR cobots at their machine shop within less than a year, equipped with Robotiq’s Hand-E Adaptive Grippers, Force Copilot software for simple force control programming, and Insights monitoring software to improve production capacity.
The cobots were easy to integrate with the company’s Haas machines, took up less space on the floor than traditional caged robots, and were easily transitioned from one application to the next. These additions also allowed Fusion employees to take on more cerebral tasks, such as programming and quality inspection.
Fusion uses Haas machines exclusively in their shop. “They’re very intuitive, and easy to use, and they’re very affordable,” says Davin Erickson, Fusion’s machine shop manager. “They have the same control on the mills and lathes, which makes it easier to train, and makes it easier for operators to go from one machine to another. They’ve allowed us to be very successful in what we do.”
Fusion believed so strongly in their results with the cobots, that they decided to branch out even further and become a UR systems integrator for CNC machine tending applications, where they provide turnkey cobot solutions and installations to a variety of manufacturers.