FORD AUTOMATES CAR DOOR MANUFACTURE.

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    Abstract

    Two of the world's most advanced flexible manufacturing lines are to be commissioned at Ford Motor Company's Broadmeadows plant in Victoria. Both lines, installed at a cost of 12 million, are highly automated and feature a number of spot-welding, transfer and gluing robots. The lines offer the speed and flexibility to produce a number of different components on the same line. The door line comprises 9 ASEA spot-welding robots, a Kawasaki poke-welding robot, 13 Machine Dynamics gantry and monorail transfer robots, 1 Machine Dynamics adhesive robot, 14 Machine Dynamics rotating fixture cubes, a 300 t Bliss Welding Products clinching press, a hydraulic piercing station and infeed and outfeed conveyors. The line is designed to operate 20 h/d and produce 120 doors per hour of either of 6 door types - front and rear on both sides and 2 elongated rear doors for the Fairlane.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)16-17
    Number of pages2
    JournalJournal of the Institution of Engineers, Australia
    Volume59
    Issue number22
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 1987

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