Need for Shorter Product Cycles Warrants Automated System at Visteon
by Val Cureton
Adept Technology, Inc.
Visteon Automotive Systems, an enterprise of Ford Motor Company, builds electronic modules for controlling security, lighting power steering, turn signals and other electronic functions in automobiles. Ford had specified a tight time frame for the next project--12 months for completion of the first product build and 18 months to production volume ramp-up. In order to accommodate this Visteon had to make the best use of available floor space and existing equipment.
One of the most important elements of the project was the use of reconfigured equipment (including 14 Adept robots and controllers). Visteon believes that equipment should be purchased for the long term--not just for the length of a particular project. Visteon has been relying on Adept Technology robots for a decade and wanted to continue working with this equipment, rather than buy new robots. Visteon is pleased with the results of reconfiguring their existing equipment. Some of the initial workcells were up and running in only three days.