Yaskawa Motoman Robotics

Motoman Robots Welding and Handling

Motoman Robotics provided two 13-robot systems with triple- and dual-controlled welding robots, as well as robotic material handling between tacking, welding, inspection and marking stations for automotive suspension control arms.Automotive Suspension Components

Project achieved all goals and objectives. System requires two operators (one per cell). Manual process would have required 10-12 direct labor people per cell. System achieves required cycle time of approximately 24 seconds per side (for LH or RH control arms) and provides consistent, high-quality output. System only uses two dimensioning fixtures per cell, greatly reducing tooling certification efforts. Customer uses these multi-function robot cells to showcase their automated manufacturing capabilities.

Project Challenges

Motoman Robotics Solution

Motoman Robotics provided two custom welding and material handling systems – one for LH parts and one for RH parts. Each system includes the following:

Fixtures/Tooling Details

Motoman Robotics provided two fixture packages: LH fixtures for one cell and RH fixtures for the other. In each cell, two hydraulically clamped tack fixtures are mounted to headstock/tailstocks on the indexing positioner (one fixture per side) for welding the bushings and tacking parts. Part-present and clamp/open-closed sensors are included. Motoman also provided part nests at final weld stations, laser weld inspection stations and part marking stations.

 


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