MADE Demonstration Project Virtual reality of a robot solution to Engskov Machine Factory Engskov Machine Factory is a subcontractor for the broad Danish industry with welding and machining of various steel structures as our field of expertise. We want to automate different production processes to address the issue of lacking labor resources. In addition to that, we see a great potential getting a more uniform product, higher quality, lower lead time, and we will also be able to document, to a greater extent, the quality of what we are making. Engskov Maskinfabrik has been aided through a demonstration project to verify if they can make a new robot cell. In many ways it is a classic production that they have started automating. They can see that there are huge gains by entering the field of new automation solutions. I have helped Engskov Machine Factory with a concept idea and some ideas on how to solve the specific task they had here. We had to do some pop knitting, we had to do some welding, and we had to do some drilling and milling in metal. Virtual reality, we simply used that technology to look into whether this was the right solution, because when you use virtual reality or the digital twin, you can walk around inside the company and you can get close to the process, and you will not be hit by the robot, because even if you know that you’re in the robot and looking at the process, it’s cost free. In real life, it is not. In the construction of the digital twin, we did the following; Engskov supplied some CAD drawings. I imported the CAD drawing into an offline program, a simulation program in which I had incorporated their model. Then we have looked at the size, we have looked at how the process could be built up, what kind of robot should there be, how big should the robot be? All of this we have been able to shed light on along the way. The simulations really made us believe in this, and it opened our eyes, and it was so powerful and so convincing in its support of the claim that this was the way to go. We have had great support through MADE and through Lars and the Danish Technological Institute, from where we could draw on the resources and draw on their knowledge. Our next step is, of course, to make it run in reality and then become wiser on automation, so we’re well equipped for our next automation project. Because this one will not be the last.