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Robotics 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,

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

KUKA Robot Handles Ingress/Egress Seat Testing


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


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


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


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


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

Lights Out System Improves High-Production Machining Process


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


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

Efficiency Improved in Molding Auto Parts


Problem: InteSeys Technologies, Inc, molds a wide range of parts for automotive applications as well as others.  InteSeys has been molding large, complex 100-pin connectors for a popular U.S.-made automobile for four years.  Before using a servo robot in this application, two operators were required to load six-

Automated Injection Molding Operation


Problem: Customer builds electronic components for the automotive industry. They had only 30 seconds to unload molded circuit plates from a four cavity mold, inspect each cavity to ensure that no debris was left behind, load a new insert into each cavity and inspect each insert for proper location

Auto Suppliers' Productivity Jumps 125% with Robotic System


Problem: Challenges that typically prompt manufacturers to automate one or more of their production processes include: aggressive production schedules, quality control issues, employee safety and flexibility, to name a few. These were all relevant issues for Hawthorne Metal Products (Royal Oak, Mich.), a tier one automotive stampings supplier.  Business

A Firm Grip -- Robots Transfer Vehicle Wheels to Chain Conveyor


The KUKA robots in use at Südrad, a manufacturer of steel disc wheels, not only have a "firm grip" on the wheels produced there; they have also mastered the art of transferring them to a circular conveyor moving at a variable velocity. The crucial requirements for implementation of this application

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