Zagreb Company Codel Boasts Unique Private Robotic Laboratory

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Sergej Novosel Vuckovic writes, the Zagreb company Codel, with 30 long years of experience in the manufacture and design of systems for production and industry, will soon become completely ”Krizevci-owned”.

Codel has had a part of its activities in this continental Croatian town since back in 2016, and just recently it presented its laboratory in the Development Centre and Technology Park, where it researches and develops applicable robotics applications for industry. Not only that, but next year in the Gornji Cret Entrepreneurial Zone, the company plans to build a factory of its products.

Synchronised action

The Zagreb company Codel’s laboratory, a space with several robotic ”beings”, is reportedly the first and only one of its kind in all of Croatia.

“Here, we show our clients our reach, to make sure they know we can do what they want. We’re able to create a complete turnkey project, since the client comes and asks us what the problem is, and we solve it with the help of our technologies,” explained Tihomir Hodak, the former director of Krizevci Entrepreneurial Centre, and who in recent years has become a member of the Board and the director of business development at Codel.

The range of technologies the Zagreb company Codel deals with includes industrial robotics and robotic movements in production, horizontal and vertical integrations in production, traceability and labelling, as well as Industry 4.0. In the lab itself, they showcased what makes the so-called multirobot cell.

“Several robots work in sync on a complex task, not one single robot at a time but three at a time, each one passing information to the other. For example, in the process of receiving and packing a product, a robotic arm turns its head and sends info to the next one in the line who picks up the product, puts it in a box and then ships it,” Hodak explained.

“We’re also counting on expanding our client base, we’ve already developed some projects that are awaiting technological approval. We’ve also done two pilot projects in the United Kingdom for e-commerce,” Hodak revealed. It is imperative for the Zagreb company Codel, which is why they were at the big Gitex fair in Dubai as one of the only two Croatian companies, to automate logistics and warehousing processes, based on solutions that connect business systems with machines.

“Our goal is to increase efficiency and economy in warehousing processes with our own tech solutions. Only 5 percent of all warehouses in the world are automated to a certain level, and we’ve established that more than 65 percent of the costs of each warehouse fall on the people themselves. Therefore, any automation significantly reduces costs and errors and increases overall efficiency. However, our system doesn’t eliminate jobs, but moves people into more productive jobs, where there can be no robot to do the work,” pointed out Tihomir Hodak, who will say that his boss, owner and CEO Marijan Sever, is a huge technology enthusiast.

“The company’s revenues are at the level of almost 9 million kuna, and that’s without robotic projects, next year will those numbers will be significantly higher,” concluded Tihomir Hodak, praising the work of the Zagreb company Codel’s employees, all of whom are very highly qualified engineers.

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