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Case Studies

Industry : Automotive

Robots Help Alpine Achieve Peak Performance, Productivity

POSTED: 09/19/2006

With demand for their truss fabrication equipment and other technology-driven products and services for the building components industry skyrocketing -- Alpine Engineered Products, Inc.’s Equipment Division was unable to build the industry-leading company’s AutoMills and Roll-A-Master  systems fast enough.  Due to long lead times, Alpine began

Automotive Stamping Study at DaimlerChrysler Finds New Vacuum Technology Elicits Potential Annual Savings of $400,000/plant

POSTED: 12/14/2005

  Summary A recent comparative vacuum technology study performed by Dr. Kingman Yee, as part of a DaimlerChrysler Summer Intern Professors Program, found that air consumption could be reduced by 98% when equipping a robot’s end-of-arm tooling with COAX® technology and a Vacustat™ check valve.  The study

Robots Provide Flexible Automation at AZ Automotive Corp.

POSTED: 01/31/2005

AZ Automotive Corp. in London, Ontario, Canada, is ‘‘spot on’‘ when it comes to robotic processing of the approximately 150 different automotive stampings and assemblies the company manufactures for GM/CAMI and Mitsubishi.   Most components are auto body reinforcements, such as body sides, cowl tops, impact beams,

Robots are Part of the Solution

POSTED: 01/28/2005

A Plastics Molder in the Midwest specializes in injection molding, producing around 155 million components a year for the automotive, aerospace, domestic appliance, electrical, electronic and medical markets. They operate an impressive array of 63 Engel molding machines ranging from 40 to 600 tons capacity

Trans-gun Tool Changing

POSTED: 11/29/2004

  Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine Robotic spot welding has become the metal joining method of choice in many manufacturing operations, primarily the production of automotive body parts. To keep robots flexible and make the best use of limited floor space, robotic tool changers for trans-gun resistance

Common gun and torch questions for robotic arc welding

POSTED: 05/01/2003

What Is the Basic Equipment Needed? The general rule for welding power supplies is to use a machine that can deliver 20 percent more power than the amperage needed to weld. The parameters for robotic welding may be higher than for manual welding to accommodate a higher duty cycle and

KUKA Robot Handles Ingress/Egress Seat Testing

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Problem: (Other Application: Ingress/Egress Seat Testing) Lear Corporation is one of the leading suppliers of automotive seats in the industry. The headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan contains the most sophisticated testing equipment for simulating car seat fatigue over an extended period of time. Terry O'Bannon, Lear's Senior Engineer

Yushin Servo Robot Improves Worker Safety

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Problem: Productivity and profitability are the benefits most often associated with molding robots, while one of the most important—safety—is sometimes overlooked.  One large, automotive custom molder, however, installed a Yushin servo robot with the specific objective of protecting workers from a hazardous situation.  And while the installation is

Small Part Deburring

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Problem: Intensive manual labor in a high temperature environment required to unload powdered metal parts from a press deburr and load into an oven for hardening. Solution: Design of a turnkey robotic system to automated the load/unload deburring process.  The operator is no longer required in the high temperature environment. 

Robotic System Speeds Aluminum Wheel Handling

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Challenges Provide flexible robotic system to accurately locate and handle cast aluminum wheels that weigh approx. 40-45 lbs. and nominally measure 14", 15", 16", and 17" in diameter, each with up to five widths. Locate wheels to avoid flashing lines during clamping

FANUC Robotics Dross Removal Case Study

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Problem: Skimming the dross from a zinc metal bath on a 24/7 production schedule with temperatures up to 878 degrees Fahrenheit is hot, dangerous, back-breaking work. This labor-intensive task with its quality and cost implications gives you all the justifications you need for a great robotic application. That

Need for Shorter Product Cycles Warrants Automated System at Visteon

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Problem: 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

Lights Out System Improves High-Production Machining Process

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Problem: An automotive component supplier recently faced special challenges for a new high-production machining process. Cycle times were not unreasonable for manual load/unload; however, to process parts consistently, 24 hours a day, the company determined that automation was the best solution. Solution: Four LR Mate 100s provided by FANUC Robotics

'Growing' the A-class in a robot park

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DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes A-class body shop relies on a variety of joining processes. The entire spectrum of welding, bonding and bolt fastening tasks is covered by 330 KUKA robots of a single type. Compactly integrated in the production flow, the robots represent a 'robot park' in which the car body grows

Experience Leads to Success

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  MOHR (Germany) - this plastics and metal working company uses Stäubli 6-axis-robots in fully automated cells for metal gearshaft coating and printed circuit boards, as well as in fully automated assembly cells for heated windshield wiper nozzles for the automotive industry. Six Stäubli robots - models RX130,


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