Robotic car body framing system

  • 13-Sep-2013 01:05 EDT
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ABB’s robotic car body framing system GateFramer controls all motion in the system through the company’s robust robot controller, the IRC5. Up to six different car body variants can be framed on the same line by swapping gates that hold each car model’s tooling. With the IRC5 in control, gates can be shuffled in the background to get ready for the next body while the robots weld the body currently in the machine. The result is a consistent gate exchange time of 18 s for a completely random sequence of models production, which means production planners are given freedom to adjust mixed-model sequencing to meet demand. The GateFramer’s design has up to four integrated welding robots just behind each gate for easy access to the bodyside and up to six shelf-mounted robots on an overhead platform.

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