As the automotive industry becomes increasingly complex, understanding how a vehicle works is no longer as simple as "looking under the hood". To provide safety and convenience to the end user in conventional electric and autonomous vehicle manufacturing, automotive companies that want to excel must first take the lead in improving efficiency, decrease their time-to-market, and create flexibility with IT/OI integration along the value chain. These steps will allow them to gain effective insights, analytics, and workforce training.

Leveraging automation opportunities and changing market demands provides further benefits, as well. Improved flexibility encourages shorter changeovers, less rework, and considerably reduced downtime. OEM and Tier 1 industry leaders team up with knowledgeable and experienced integration partners like B2E Automation to achieve strategic transformations and meet expedited shipping demands. As your strategic partner, B2E Automation will help you develop a flexible manufacturing strategy by combining our domain and industry expertise and service offerings.

Automation in the automotive industry increases supply chain efficiency

The aim is to design, develop, and adopt automotive robotics that:

  • Lower car production and warranty costs
  • Maintain consistency of sub-assembiles, systems, and modules
  • Improve processes and output such as Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance by an average of 10 percent
  • Reduction in part-to-part variability
  • Increase capacity and reduce bottlenecks
  • Protect workers from welding and paint fumes, weld flashes, and stamping press noise

The automotive industry began adopting the benefits of automation long before many other industries. Yet, there are further opportunities for growth such as collaborative robots (cobots) to improve ROI, drive efficiencies, and improve output such as machine loading, assembly, and quality maintenance coupled with a faster return on investment.

It is All in the Details — Automation in Automotive Processes

We aim to prepare your plant for any fluctuations in demand so that your plant does not run beyond capacity, resulting in skyrocketing labor costs and missed deadlines. We also alleviate unnecessary safety risks and quality compromises that result from workers rushing to return to their schedules. Smart manufacturing helps you to do more with less in the automotive industry.

Automotive smart manufacturing reduces labor costs
Robot arms in automotive assembly lines eliminate human error

Achieve Annual savings with Robotic Stamping Process

The benefits of automation and robotic technologies to the automotive industry are unlimited, particularly when automating sheet metal material handling during automotive stamping applications. The process of moving sheet metal through a series of presses and forming it into various automotive parts is complex and intensive. Automation and robotics can provide efficiency, precision, and safety during this process.

Like all robotic applications, tooling is critical to the automotive industry. Flexible tooling is crucial due to size modifications that must occur each time a vehicle model or part changes. The robot's hand (the end-effector) uses a variety of End-of-Arms-Tools (EOAT), providing the high-speed 'pick and place' ability that needs to meet demand fluctuations. It helps plants achieve manufacturing flexibility and productivity and eliminate potential errors.

Automated Assembly, Material Handling, Welding and Part Transfers

Optimized product assembly lines require the pairing of robotics and vision, whether riveting, snapping parts together, or fastening. Successful automotive manufacturing units optimize their glass installation, urethane application, assembly component bonding, and material handling parts to reach new throughput goals, reduce labor costs and improve quality. Automated assembly solutions, such as customized weld cells and laser welding helpto reduce waste, increase compliance, and create safer workplaces.

Overall, these solutions streamline repetitive processes with vision systems, conveyance, engine modules, security and signal systems, tire pressure monitoring systems, and other modular solutions for quality results.

Automotive welding robots improve quality

Cavity Waxing to Sealing — Holistic Automation in 'Painting'

Painting in the automotive industry is not just limited to a single process. It involves under-body coating (UBC), seam sealing, cosmetic sealing, rocker panel coating, cavity wax, and exterior and interior painting. Precise-controlled automation UBC stations decrease operating costs and optimize quality with airless processes that enhance anti-chipping, reduce material consumption, and create a safer working environment.

Similarly, automated Liquid Applied Sound Damping (LASD) applies water-based damping material that replaces manual soundproof pads with gapless sealing. High-performance robots can service all types of vehicles through an integrated cutting-edge vision system that provides precise vehicle positioning through double-rectification and then utilizes high-precision customized nozzles for sealing different areas.

Automated Cavity Waxing offers extreme precision with flow control, even spreading along the cavity, and, like cosmetic sealing, the customized nozzles adapt to target holes with different areas. Hydraulic robots are no long appropriate for interior and exterior painting processes. Modern modular painting robots and atomizers achieve better quality and appearance standards with high acceleration and TCP velocity, low maintenance, and compact booth dimensions. The precision that is provided by robotics also ensures that quality and versatility do not need to come at the expense of environmental safety. Overspray-free technologies utilize precise inkjet heads to spray directly onto the targets with 100 percent transfer efficiency. Whether your model requires two-tone paints or individual designs, it is completed in a single pass without masking. Robotics provided by B2E Automation can improve productivity, reduce downtime, and allow for more customizable paint schemes.

Quality Control and 3D Inspection

Whether it is a gap and flush inspection between two surfaces; a non-contact Inspection of internal combustion engines; or gauging the shape data of plastic welds, side frames, brake rotors, difficult-to-scan features such as occluded studs, and holes in body-in-white; we do not compromise on quality control to achieve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).

Leading Edge from Chip Level — Onboard the Revolution

We design and deploy high-speed, high-throughput robots for the end-to-end automotive manufacturing value chain. Our faster, smarter, and more-efficient robots help you with any operation, from floor plan assemblies to shock towers, fascia processing, and any other significant or microprocess that generates value in your production.

Reach out to learn more about how B2E Automation's solutions can help transform your business.