Fori Automation & Siemens Partner for the SME AeroDef Exhibition

Siemens Aerospace and Fori Automation have partnered for the SME AeroDef, the leading exposition and technical conference for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry.


The central pillar of the partnership is the continued integration of Siemens Factory Automation hardware and software within Fori’s Material Handling and Automation Equipment. Fori Automation will have one of their Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for automated material handling on display.

Fori Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) with Siemens Controls for Flexible, Safe and Reliable Assembly and Material Handling Automation

Fori Material Handling equipment is utilized within the Aerospace, Automotive and Defense industries. Fori equipment has capacities as low as 500 lbs. to over 250,000 lbs.

The AeroDef takes place on March 7th and 8th at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Please visit us at booth #526 or contact us at for more information!

Automated Welding + Fori Robotic Welding + Robotic MIG Welding

Robotic Welding System for Rear Suspension Cradles

Fori recently supplied a highly flexible, automated robotic MIG welding assembly system. The system consisted of three similar lines that were able to accommodate nine different vehicle model variations.

The rear suspension cradle for the project satisfied approximately 90% of the vehicles in the family. There was a high level of importance on ensuring process control, the product had to be accurately controlled and monitored throughout each robotic weld line.

Each automated weld line possesses (21) MIG welding robots and (3) material handling robots. The current assembly system runs between 150 and 181 seconds depending on which model is being processed. After completion of the robotic welding, the critical component characteristics are machined with a pair of precision, custom machining centers.

Robotic Welding - Automated Welding + Fori Welding Systems
Automated Robotic MIG Welding System

The integration of the MIG welding and material handling robots has decreased cycle time and increased system throughput. Utilizing highly accurate machining stations and a repeatable process has also reduced waste and the quality of the final product has been increased.

The system resulted in the following benefits to the end user:

  • Decrease in total cycle time
  • Reduced infrastructure to handle product variations
  • Increase in product quality

Main keys to success included the integrated robots, custom designed turn tables and the custom, precision machining centers.

For more information on Fori’s available equipment, please visit our website or contact us at