Case Study

Background

Design Ice Norway is one of the world’s leading suppliers of constructions, sculptures and buildings made of snow and ice. Working with clients worldwide, they design and produce a wide variety of ice projects from event celebrations, product launches, small sculpture to more large-scale projects – such as working on the famed Ice Hotel each year. Their expertise is creating the most incredible constructions to enable their clients to have the wow factor.

Requirements

When Norwegian winters drop down to -40 ºC, the ice is ready to harvest by the Design Ice team using specially made cutting equipment. The ice blocks can weigh up to 1500kg with a melting time of 3-5 days at room temperature. Working in a specially designed freezing hall allows the skilled team to develop and build ice structures and ice sculptures. The majority of the work is prefabricated to save time when out on assignments, but time is of the essence even in freezing conditions.

The team at Design Ice were looking for a tool that could be flexible given the wide range of designs they are commissioned to undertake; a tool which needed to be accurate to allow for intricate detailing but which could also increase production output times when working in a challenging environment and with a substance affected by heat exposure.

Solution

CNC Robotics worked with Design Ice to create a robotic system that could incorporate an electro spindle head for intricate design detail as well as an extended 4 ft chainsaw attachment which could cut the large-scale ice blocks down into smaller pieces quickly and accurately. The 6-axis KUKA robot was installed in their freezing hall in Norway and works effectively and continuously in harsh sub-zero temperatures.

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“I chose to work with CNCR because they had a high level of knowledge of robotics… Jason’s ability to understand my need and come up with good and trusty solution was also important. And the way CNCR has supported me after we got our robot cell is top of the line”

Thomas Orderud   Design Ice

Benefits

Having invested in bespoke equipment allows Design Ice to undertake each project efficiently and to a high quality. The Design Ice craftsmen and designers can increase their offering and speed of service to their global customers. Finding new ideas and solutions to give customers more than they expect and in a much quicker turnaround, has allowed them to be more competitive and win more customers in the European and North American market.

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54%
estimated increase in output due to new technologies.
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68%
anticipated return on investment.

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