Ford welds a winner

Richard Bloss (Associate Editor of Industrial Robot)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

To report on the design and development of a robotic automobile aluminium frame welding system.

Design/methodology/approach

The customer contracted with a team of suppliers, each with unique skills and products necessary for welding thin aluminium framing. The team employed simulation to help in the design process to avoid problems and to speed the time to complete.

Findings

Careful planning, detailed simulation and attention to details helped insure that working production systems was in service to meet a tight deadline.

Practical implications

Companies looking to develop welding systems for structures from aluminium or other materials can learn from the benefits of a team approach to complex application development. As the auto industry moves to more use of lightweight materials such as alumnus, successful automation of its welding will be ever widely appreciated.

Originality/value

Any user planning an automated aluminium frame welding system can learn from the success of Ford Motor and its welding system design partners. Careful planning and teamwork can help in meeting production and timetable goals.

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Citation

Bloss, R. (2005), "Ford welds a winner", Industrial Robot, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 465-467. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439910510629172

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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