Automotive Assembly–Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for Body Shop

Fori Germany recently supplied a custom designed AGV for an automotive manufacturer at their body shop in Munich.

Features:

  • Guidance Technology: Optical
  • Capacity: 1,100 lbs./500 kg.
  • Safety: Safety scanners, e-stops
  • Controls: Siemens safety PLC, vehicle management system (VMS)
  • Keys to Success: Custom designed chassis, lithium ion battery, optical guidance
  • Results: Reduced infrastructure, increased flexibility

Fori Germany supplied 16 AGVs for a body shop project that were custom designed around the customer’s process. The total capacity required for each AGV was 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms). The AGV was responsible for carrying a car chassis between various assembly stations.

Each vehicle consisted of two fixed drive wheels, an integrated scissor lift, and a 24 volt lithium ion battery to power the vehicle. The system was based on an open controls architecture, utilizing a Siemens PLC for the vehicle control.  In addition, each vehicle is equipped with a camera based guidance system that follows colored tape or paint. The optical guidance system provides a flexible, reliable and cost effective solution for guiding the vehicles throughout the assembly plant.

1

The vehicle included a custom scissor lift to accommodate the vertical lift stroke and capacity required for the process. Each vehicle is capable of lifting 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms), and the scissor lift is capable of 21 inches of total stroke with a collapsed height of 11 inches. The custom 24 volt 67 ampere hour lithium ion battery was designed to fit within the available footprint on the vehicle. The system allowed for quick charging at the designated opportunity charge stations. Utilization of a lithium ion battery reduced the required charging infrastructure.

2

For more information about Fori Automation’s AGVs, please visit our website.

Automotive Assembly–Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for Front End Assembly

Fori Germany recently supplied a custom designed AGV for an automotive manufacturer for their front end assembly project in Munich.

Features:

  • Guidance Technology: Optical
  • Capacity: 1,100 lbs./500 kg.
  • Safety: Safety scanners, e-stops
  • Controls: Siemens safety PLC, vehicle management system (VMS)
  • Keys to Success: Custom designed chassis, lithium ion battery, optical guidance
  • Results: Reduced infrastructure, increased flexibility

Fori Germany supplied 31 AGVs for a front end assembly line. The AGVS are used to transport the workpiece carriers that are mounted on the carrier plate of the AGV.

The total capacity required for each AGV was 1,100 pounds in order to support the pallet and associated product. The carrier plate used for locating the product was mounted onto a trunnion to provide better ergonomics and accessibility for the operator completing the assembly.

3

Each vehicle consisted of two fixed drive wheels, an integrated trunnion, and a 24 volt lithium ion battery to power the vehicle. The system was based on an open controls architecture, utilizing a Siemens PLC for the vehicle control.

Each vehicle utilizes a camera based guidance system that follows colored tape or paint. The optical guidance system provides a flexible, reliable and cost effective solution for guiding the vehicles throughout the assembly plant.

2

The system was supplied with a Siemens based Vehicle Management System (VMS) to schedule and coordinate vehicle moves, communicate with the plant and for monitoring of the vehicles.

For more information about Fori Automations’ AGVs, please visit our website.

Automotive Assembly–Workpiece Carriers for Front End Assembly

Fori Germany supplied a custom designed work piece carrier for an automotive manufacturer for their front end assembly project.

Features:

  • Keys to Success: Custom designed work piece carrier, trunnion for part access
  • Results: Reduced infrastructure, increased flexibility
  • Solutions: Module assembly system, work piece carrier with integrated trunnion.

vw2

Fori Germany supplied 21 work piece carriers for a front end assembly line. The work piece carriers were integrated with an existing automated guided vehicle (AGV) system, and are mounted directly to the AGVs.

wut

The purpose of the work piece carriers is to provide a repeatable solution for locating the parts to the pallet for assembly. The work piece carrier also provides a process to the operator for adjusting the part location and orientation. Adjustment is completed through a powered trunnion.

The carrier trunnion has an integrated motor in order to tilt (the system has four automatic tilt angles) the fixture both automatically and manually. The carrier utilizes the power available on the AGV and communicates with the it to provide confirmation of the correct position. Upon completion of the front end module, the carrier returns to the home position and the module is unloaded via a lift assist.

vw3

The system supplied provided a simple technique for locating the front end module for the operator. The design considerations were based on a high level of reliability and minimal maintenance.

To learn more about Fori Automation’s AGVs and assembly capabilities, please visit our website.