automotive manufacturing automation

Automotive

Our expertise in automotive manufacturing controls engineering delivers operational improvements that generate a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.  To help you be successful, automotive manufacturers need an automation partner that increases production efficiency, delivers cost saving opportunities, and finds innovative ways to reduce downtime.

How we can help

Optimization: Our engineers are skilled at production line optimization to help you get the most out of your existing capital equipment and extend its life

Unique Software: Our OEE Optimizer product can help identify improvement opportunities that lead to cost savings and quality improvements

On-Time: With 98% schedule adherence in 2016, you can count on us to deliver on time, even under demanding circumstances.

Training: Our controls training programs deliver the skills your engineering and maintenance teams need to troubleshoot PLC issues

Technology Knowledge: When you are ready for a controls upgrade, we help identify and install the most appropriate technology that delivers additional functionality to the plant

Case Study

Situation

A large seat manufacturer had production problems with their foam molding line. Tracking errors caused robot crashes, mis-pours, and production delays that were heavily penalized by their customer.

ACTION

After a review of the manufacturer’s processes, gathering customer requirements, and evaluation of potential solutions, we recommended that the seat manufacturer:

  • Slow the line down in the near term to reduce tracking errors. A 7% speed reduction resulted in a 35% production increase.
  • Rewrite the existing program to eliminate unnecessarily complex calculations related to tracking.
  • Install an RFID system to clearly identify the carriers and provide a tracking back check.
 

RESULT

Following Automation NTH’s consultation on electrical and mechanical design and integration, the seat manufacturer restored the line to design speed resulting in a 45% overall increase in line capacity.

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