VACOM relies on proANT transport robots and fully automated storage systems. On August 30. 2019, the long-established company from Thuringia opened its new manufacturing hall in in Großlöbichau in the presence of the State Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (DIE LINKE). The new building is an important step towards Smart Factory and Industry 4.0. VACOM invests in modern working conditions and in an ecological and sustainable energy concept in the facility.

VACOM uses proANT Transport Robots

The family-owned company VACOM Vakuum Komponenten und Messtechnik GmbH was founded 25 ago. It operates worldwide and belongs to the leading European manufacturers in the field of vacuum technology. The specialist for vacuum mechanics, vacuum measurement technology and vacuum optics opened at the end of August a highly modern factory hall at the site Großlöbichau.

For the material flow within the facility, VACOM relies on autonomous navigating transport robots by InSystems Automation. They transport milled and turned parts, which gets heavier after every assembly step. Four proANT 436 transports robots deliver together smaller loads until 50 kg. A fifth transport robot takes over heavier loads until 400 kg. This is proANT 576 – an autonomous navigating pallet vehicle. The transport robots move within a 112-meter-long and 35-meter-wide factory environment.

Henry Stubert, managing director of InSystems Automation, congratulates VACOM on the opening: „I am proud, that we can support VACOM in their automation with our transport robots.“ The new factory hall was terminated in the record time of only nine months. The different production systems are totally networked together.  The production process is fully transparent.

Prime Minister was enthusiastic

The opening of the factory hall took place in the presence of Bodo Ramelow, Prime Minister of Thuringia. He was enthusiastic and describes his impressions of the company’s visit on Twitter as follows: “Literally and in the best sense #Zukunft Thüringen (Future Thuringia).” Since the company was founded with two employees, it has grown continuously. Today, VACOM employs about 300 people. Currently, 35 young people are being trained in 11 professions.

In Großlöbichau, the company focused at the same time in optimally designed working conditions and in an ecologically sustainable energy concept. More than 60 trees and plants are intended to improve the indoor climate. Bifacial solar modules on the roof of the building also use indirect, reflected light on their back to generate energy. VACOM is investing around 30 million Euros in the construction of new buildings and technologies and is on a growth course.