Satisfying Machines Involved In Car Building

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To list all the machines used in a car factory would be a pointless exercise. But here are some of what you might find on a typical factory floor (via Robotics Business Review).

The assembly machine installs parts and tightens fasteners. Some of the latest machines include a tire mount that can accurately position the tires on the car, and tighten all the lug nuts at the same time

Spot and arc welders assemble the complete body of a modern car. They often have dozens of arms that weld multiple points of the body at once. These machines appear as if they were a team of robots descending on loose body panels that emerge from the machines as complete cars.

Painting, coating and sealing robots keep humans away from some of the most dangerous environments full of harmful chemicals and gases. They also leave the car with a very smooth shiny finish as it leaves the factory floor.

Part shifting robots and maintenance machines take finished parts from presses and CNC machines for transfer to other parts of the assembly process. This is especially useful in foundry areas, where molten metal reaches thousands of degrees and poses a significant hazard to humans.

Material removal robots help turn raw panels and trim into finished parts. For items, for example, that come off the press and require clean edges, laser-guided precision robots can cut straight, clean edges, preparing the part for final assembly.

Logistics robots are used to move parts and raw materials on site for installation. This mechanical robotic system can track inventory, and ensure stations around the plant are properly stocked and properly supplied for smooth and continuous operation.

When all of these systems are operating at full capacity and error-free, car factories can run continuously for weeks at a time with ever-increasing efficiency. Not only did they make it possible to build more cars in less time, but they did so while keeping the threat of injury to workers lower than ever before.

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