Fori China designed, built and integrated a chassis marriage system for a automotive manufacturer located in Slovenia.
The marriage line is a sub-set of the trim and chassis final assembly system that delivers the completed front and rear modules to the marriage line after being assembled. The overall project is based on the green field sit to provide the delivery conveyance of the completed sub-assembly from the tunnels to the marriage line automatically where the complete chassis assembly will be automatically married and secured to the car chassis.
The body carrier and frame are powered into the stations via asynchronous conveyors. The spindles index and begin securing the front module, differential cradle, and rear module. All 14 fasteners must be torqued at the same time. There will be three wheel base variations that have a common front module and center cradle positions.
An inspection station was supplied with the system. The station will provide positive verification that the details match the corresponding configuration of the vehicle sequencing through the assembly process. The vision inspection is completed at a stop station.
The marriage station includes an electro-mechanical hook style body clamping device for models that require holding the body during the marriage process. An external actuator in the station is used to clamp the body to the pallet. Once married the overhead carrier drive is disengaged allowing the pallet conveyor to the move pallet/carrier assembly down the line. Future non-related products may be introduced by either pallet redesign or through additional pallets and a future pallet storage system.
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