In the automotive industry it is included all those companies and activities involved in the manufacture of motor vehicles, including most components, such as engines, bodies and plastic parts. The industry's principal products are passenger automobiles and light trucks, including pickups, vans, and sport utility vehicles. The focus is productivity, energy saving, high speed with no compromise on safety and connectivity. Piab's solutions for highly automated production lines in the automotive industry are found in the press shop, body shop and final assembly. Piab also has special products for manual handling devices and for automotive sub-supplier industries, such as tailored-welded blanks, glass, tires and plastic interior/exterior parts.
The size and weight of the panels make it difficult for operators to manually handle and racking them. Robots are used and typically equipped with a vision system.
Blanks of metal (magnetic or non-magnetic), plastic, wood or cardboard are separated from a stack and fed into the line. Vacuum pumps and cups are used to “pick-up/separate” and feed.
Reducing injury and increasing productivity are often accomplished with the aid of ergonomic lifting devices.
Solar glass and modules are handled and fixed by vacuum during the entire manufacturing process.
After plastic parts have been formed in injection moulding machines, they are typically removed from the mould with the help of suction cups and vacuum pumps.
In a robot assembly cell, where for instance car doors are produced, at least a few robots use vacuum in handling operations.
Vacuum is mainly used for loading and unloading in metal forming processes and sometimes holding and sorting of the workpiece within the machine.
Vacuum tooling for handling the panel changes each time a new part shall be pressed. This is a high speed application where friction cups for oily surfaces are needed for maximum performance.
Robots are used for welding parts together and for material handling. In a robot cell at least a few robots use vacuum in handling operations.
Joining metal materials of different thickness, strength or coating type produce a ”'tailored blank” ready for stamping. Vacuum is used in several stages of the process, mostly for feeding/loading and…
Tire and rubber manufacturers use vacuum for material handling and forming applications.
In several industries there are clamping fixtures where suction cups are used to hold parts during assembly, forming, cutting or other machining operations.