Automated Guided Vehicle for Automotive Chassis Decking Line

Fori recently provided a precision battery powered automotive Chassis Marriage AGV for an electric car manufacturer.

Features:

  • Guidance Technology: Magnetic tape
  • Capacity: 4,000 lbs./1,818 kg.
  • Safety: Scanners, bumpers, system interlocks
  • Controls: Allen Bradley Open Architecture
  • Keys to Success: Custom designed chassis, accurate and repeatable
  • Results: Increased flexibility, decreased infrastructure

 

The battery powered Chassis Marriage AGV includes dual independent lifters capable of lifting and transporting 4,000 pounds in order to install the front and rear suspension and drivetrain modules. This AGV was developed to support the end users lean automated manufacturing methodology. Not only will the AGV enable the end user to reduce their hardware investment, there will be significant flexibility in the assembly process. The guidance system of the AGV and reduced plant infrastructure allow the AGV to easily interact with other systems and processes. The AGV is outfitted with multiple safety measures that ensure collision avoidance.

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The Chassis Marriage AGV is responsible for accurate and repeatable location of part in station for a reliable chassis marriage process. The AGV will provide increased flexibility, safety and decreased product damage, thus increasing profitability within the project for the end user.

For more information on Fori’s Chassis Marriage AGVs, please visit our website.

 

Automotive Chassis Marriage System with Rail Guided Vehicles (RGVs)

Fori China recently designed, built and integrated a Chassis Marriage system for a Germany Plant.

Features:

  • 80 jobs per hour (JPH)
  • Increased production rate
  • Reduced labor
  • Decreased injury concerns

Fori China was responsible for supplying the Chassis Marriage Rail Guided Vehicles (RGVs), associated track, overhead loader and PLC control system that controls the loop.

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The Chassis Marriage RGVs are based on Fori’s long standing design and architecture. Each RGV includes two Fori patented servo controlled chain lifts for the synchronized lift and locate of the front and rear pallet.

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The Fori RGV is focused on maintainability and simplicity for the end user. The system has been a robust solution for many years, pushing Fori to become a leader in Chassis Marriage systems.

The integrated system was a great success for the end user. Installation was completed during the 3rd quarter of 2017, with initial production beginning in August of 2017.

For more information about Fori Automation’s body and chassis marriage products, please visit our website.

 

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Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for Automotive Chassis Marriage

Fori recently supplied a custom designed Chassis Marriage Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) for an electric vehicle manufacturer.

Over the past twenty years, Fori automation has been a leader in Automotive Chassis Marriage. Chassis Marriage, the process of bringing the car body and chassis together, has been primarily completed with the use of Rail Guided Vehicles (RGVs).

The Chassis Marriage process is completed utilizing integrated lifts and custom tooling pallets to support various chassis depending on the model of vehicle being manufactured. The Chassis Marriage process is completed once the operator does a final torque of fasteners, bringing the car body and chassis together.

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Fori Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) provide increased flexibility and reduced infrastructure versus traditional Chassis Marriage methods.

The utilization of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for Chassis Marriage has increased flexibility for the end user by removing the monuments that are required on RGV based Chassis Marriage systems. The Chassis Marriage AGVs utilize a number of different power sources and guidance methods. Power sources include both lead acid and lithium ion batteries, induction and some cases a combination of both battery and induction power. Guidance can be completed in a number of ways, the guidance systems utilized most frequently are magnetic guidance, induction or optical.

Each Chassis Marriage AGV includes (2) integrated Fori electric lifts that are used for raising the drive train of the vehicle to the body. Each lift is capable of lifting up 2,500 kg. and upon request can reach lift strokes of up to 52″ depending on the project requirements.

Utilization of AGVs within Chassis Marriage has resulted in increased system flexibility, decreased plant infrastructure for the end user and has provided a scalable solution allowing for addition of vehicles based on expected production rates.

For more information on Fori Chassis Marriage AGVs, please visit our website.