We’re passionate about automation and we like high standards and challenging applications. Our enthusiasm gets a boost every time we see how an intelligent automation solution brings about significant improvements, not just in the actual packaging process, but also in the customer’s overall profitability.
We get constant confirmation that our extra effort pays off. Time loss, disturbances and stops are minimized. Standards of quality are high, things are pleasing to the eye and investments are recouped in a short period of time.
It’s clearly about what we do, but even more about how. We care about the whole process, from the first time we meet the customer until we say thank you and goodbye, which is something we rarely do. Our relationships tend to last.
We’re confident that our customers are happy to testify to our commitment and dedication to finding creative solutions that give them a competitive edge.
“WE’RE A THREE-BUTTON FACTORY”
Torbjörn Jonsson, former CEO of Delsbo Candle expressed the need for user friendliness in a telling way:
“We’re a three-button factory. We need a start button, a stop button and a reset button to use when something goes wrong. Any other buttons are bad news.”
Torbjörn’s statement can be said to encapsulate our business idea and what we offer while confirming that we have the right idea. As system-builders we need to make very high demands on ourselves if we want to continue to help Swedish industries be competitive. Which we do.
EASY TO USE
Our customers are experts at baking bread, candlemaking, cooking sausages, manufacturing diapers and much more. A production facility that’s easy to use and easy to manage is critical. Production is often around-the-clock and it’s not possible to always have staff with advanced automation skills on site.
Our strength as automation provider is that we can build sophisticated technical solutions that anyone can use, making for problem-free production every day of the year.
That’s why we pay so much attention to user-friendliness and build intuitive operating panels that are easy to understand. For highest availability, in the meaning that the facility runs smoothly, we incorporate instructional alarms and reliable systems for handling malfunctions.
In the food industry, production is often run 24/7, often with both regular and temporary staff. Therefore, a large part of our projects are devoted to making the systems as easy to use as possible.
When everything works perfectly, start and stop are enough. But reality is something else, and there will be mistakes, disturbances and unexpected events. Our automation solutions are easy to reset and restart for that reason.
The companies work together closely and have a shared management. The collaboration allows for the sharing of resources and a cross-functional utilization of expertise in all three companies.
Altogether, 3Button Group has about 30 employees and a yearly revenue of 100 million SEK.
Front Automation is focused on automating picking, packing and palletizing, delivering everything from simple palletizing cells to complete packing lines primarily to the consumer and food industries.
Fröjd Automation supplies automation for machine tending and assembly to demanding industrial customers and the automotive industry.
IML Technologies provides comprehensive robotic systems for loading and unloading injection molds to manufacturers of container, lids and packaging material for the food industry.
Front AGV delivers complete solutions with self-driving vehicles (AGVs and AMRs) with a special focus on production and connections to automation.
There is a great synergy and many opportunities for cooperation between the companies which benefits both our employees and our customers. Together we are strong.
AUTHORIZED ABB PARTNER
Front Automation is an authorized ABB partner. The Authorized Value Provider program – AVP- is a global network for close collaboration with ABB within different areas.
Front Automation has been selected as a partner for picking, packing and palletizing applications.
Our collaboration with ABB is on several levels, covering everything from sales and marketing to development, application knowledge and support. Our close connection with ABB Robotics in Västerås is an advantage when it comes to production and development issues.
There is a customer center in Västerås that is specially designed for testing picking, packing and palletizing solutions. We demonstrate and test our solutions there, and gladly take customers with us.