Lifting and Conveyor Systems for the Automotive Industry.
Robotic lifting and conveyor systems have been used within the automotive industry now since the early 1900’s. Whether it was Henry Ford himself who first introduced the moving assembly line to vehicle manufacturing (in his ‘Model T’ factory) or not, the fact is that it was he who managed to develop earlier inventions and improve accuracy, efficiency, and productivity within the motor industry.
With annual turnover in the automotive industry now at over £50b, and new vehicle registrations in 2019 around 2.3m, it makes sense then that industrial robots and conveyor systems are now a permanent fixture on the car production line. Demand has escalated and whether purchasing luxury or lower value vehicle, every customer has high expectations. So, manufactures have to look for ways to operate with speed and efficiency to deliver quality, whilst ensuring safety for their employees.
Machines can be utilised within car assembly lines at every stage, with either human operatives or being fully automated. A combination of the two though will ensure greater levels of productivity, consistency, and accuracy than a manual workforce alone could ever achieve. In addition to cutting down on waste through damaged goods and reduce health and safety risks.
The benefits of Yaplex Lifting and Conveyor Systems
With options of magnets, vacuum attachments, clamping systems and mechanical grippers the task of wheel mounting, windscreen installation, screwdriving the component parts and intricate fittings can all be completed with easily controlled machines.
Automated systems are also a cost saving option, able to replace several members of staff, yet increase productivity
Systems can be designed and adapted to your exact requirements, and to integrate with other equipment.
Specific lifting systems are designed to automatically sense the load weight. They automatically adjust the balance, allowing operators to ‘float’ items in a zero-gravity condition. Therefore, reducing the risk of RSI and MSD in the workplace.
Replaces the need for a crane where space does not allow
Various options for fittings – column-mounted, fixed overhead, truck mounted, transportable base, or a flexible travelling arm
Systems can be designed to suit your exact requirements even able to access areas which are hard to reach, such as into machines, kilns, etc.
Lifting trolleys can also be ideal within the automotive industry for moving items ergonomically without the risks otherwise associated with lifting, reaching, or stooping
Productivity is increased with total precision and reduced correctional movements
Scissor lift tables can be introduced to allow operators to continue to work at an ergonomic height which they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.
These systems are amongst the most vital equipment within any production line.
Gravity or roller conveyors can be set to take weight and bulk of any materials, component parts or complete items quickly and efficiently from one work area to another without any unnecessary handling.
They allow the consistent and efficient flow of hundreds of parts along the assembly lines, in any one shift, with the levels of speed and accuracy beyond that which manual workers alone can produce.
They also ensure that regardless of the state of the items being moved (sharp edges, heated, fragile) limited human contact results in reduced risks.
In conclusion then, with the right lifting and conveyor system in place within the production line, the automotive industry has seen benefits of:
Speed and efficiency of movement of parts from one working station to another
Streamlined production / assembly with accuracy and reduced correctional work required
All steps within vehicle manufacture can be automated – engine assembly, fitting of doors, windscreens, tyres, lifting solutions for engine blocks, cylinder heads, crankshafts, flywheels, gearboxes, and clutches
Reduced risks of injury, RSI, etc even with a constant repetitive flow of tasks
Reduced wastage through removing any unnecessary handling of parts, and removing the human error factor
Here at Yaplex, the automotive industry is our biggest market. If you believe any of the above will benefit your business then please just get in touch. Our team of expert engineers will meet with you, assess your work area to ensure you get the most appropriate lifting and conveyor systems to keep your assembly line fully operational and productive for years to come.