Forty imaginary candles will be blown in Verona during the METEF exhibition: in 2017 Tiesse Robot will celebrate a 40-year long history full of success in the industrial robotics sector. Founded in 1976 by Luigi Daprà and Alfredo Gavazzi, Tiesse is based in Visano, in the province of Brescia, one of the busiest poles for SMEs. In the 1980s Mr Daprà’s technical creativity led the company to enter the robotics world. Year after year the Visano-based corporate seat turned into a lab where design engineering has raised the bar to reach the highest level available on the market. Upon his joining the company, Maurizio Ravelli promoted the partnership with Kawasaki Heavy Industry, manufacturer of highly performing robots featuring extremely sophisticated technological assets.
1992 is a watershed year for the company since the partnership with Kawasaki was finally established. So far Tiesse Robot and the Japanese group have delivered over 6,000 robots and robotized workstations worldwide. In force of this formula par excellence – based on consolidated know-how and outstanding designing flexibility – Tiesse has been able, even in the most recent times, to hold its course and to focus on innovation and research (development of vision packages, off-line programming lines), to approach new markets such as the South America and to expand export trade (Arab Emirates, Russia, India, Czech Republic).
“The current balance is absolutely satisfying,” maintains Mr Ravelli, shareholder and Sales Director of Tiesse Robot. Last year reported an increase in the demand of automation in all sectors, also on the domestic market which has just overcome a standstill period, and data confirms it: a 2015 turnover exceeding EUR23 million, 60 employees and a customers portfolio including prestigious operators in several sectors. Tiesse’s reference market currently encompasses the supply of turnkey systems to final users (55%), the supply of box robots to system integrators (25%) as well as services and assistance (20%). The company serves many sectors, from handling to machine tool control, from food to automotive and the pharmaceutical/medical market. “We’re now developing hardware and software solutions for a better operator/robot interaction while minimizing workarea segregation systems used to ensure the operators’ safety,” adds Ravelli. One of the hot topics in the robotics field is in fact the interaction between the operator and a robotized arm. Kawasaki Robot and Tiesse have recently presented the Duaro dual-arm robot, which has aroused lively interest in all global markets: a compact system mounted on a mobile trolley where the control unit of the dual arm is located. Tiesse Robot enters to all intents in a robotized workshop and creates a positive synergy between supplier and customer with the aim of integrating the Industry 4.0.
For what concerns the automation demand, “it is heading to cheaper robots – for a massive use even in markets where the labour cost has not such an incidence as in the mature economy countries – and possibly featuring better performance than the current one. Kawasaki technology will help us expand both our range of small robots that closely interact with the operators and our high-capacity robot line as the MG 1000/1500-kg capacity giants.”