Proseat, the leading manufacturer of foam parts for the automotive industry, will rely on the know-how of KUKA Industries in the production of the BMW seat covers. An automated CO2 laser system brings the complex 3D geometries into shape. In contrast to the proposed method of punching, the laser achieves clean and clear cuts.
By integrating application lifecycle management (ALM) software with product lifecycle management (PLM) software, Siemens is delivering a solution for the automotive industry to seamlessly manage the inherently different lifecycles of electro-mechanical systems and the development of software used to control those physical systems.
New CoroMill® Plura routers unveiled by Sandvik Coromant offer optimised milling and slotting operations in composite materials such as CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) and GFRP (glass fibre reinforced plastic). Production engineers, machine shop managers and operators will all benefit from the patented geometries provided by the new routers, particularly those in the aerospace industry, where these materials are increasingly prevalent, as well as others in sectors such as automotive, motorsport, wind power and marine.
Dürr AG has developed robot cells incorporating sensitive LBR iiwa lightweight robots from KUKA that are capable of human-robot collaboration for automated adhesive bonding processes during final assembly in the automotive industry. They help to improve the quality of the adhesive bond between components such as GPS antenna covers or tanks and the vehicle body. They also save time and lower unit costs.
In the automotive industry, one trend has been consistent for years: Passenger vehicle transmissions are becoming smaller and lighter, although the number of speeds—and of toothed gear components—continue to increase. How does the entire assembly not become heavier? The answer becomes obvious by taking a closer look at the individual components. A gearwheel, for example, consists of two components that are joined by laser welding. This allows the design engineers to work without screws—allowing the component to become lighter.
What is needed in the age of Industrie 4.0 is versatile solutions that can compensate for peak capacity utilization or bottlenecks in resources. Matrix production may become a decisive competitive factor through configurable production cells, the transfer of parts and tools using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and the separation of logistics from production.