Automotive: Final Assembly Solutions

  1. Moonroof Detection

    The detection of clear glass is a common challenge in the automobile industry. The optical beam of traditional photoelectric sensors will burn through clear material, making sensing results unreliable. The solution must be capable of detecting the clear glass of the moonroof. The U-GAGE T30UX Series Ultrasonic Sensor uses pulses of ultrasonic energy, which reflect off the target and back to the sensor, to reliably detect clear materials.

  2. LED Lights Illuminate Control Cabinet

    An equipment manufacturer builds test and measurement machinery for the auto industry. Operators access machine systems through the control cabinet. Intense illumination of the cabinet facilitates machine maintenance and management. Multiple AC powered fluorescent light fixtures had been used for this task.

  3. Superior Light Distribution with LEDs

    American Hoffmann Corporation chose WLB32 LED light bars to illuminate work areas, enclosures and control cabinets, replacing fluorescent light fixtures. The superior light distribution offered by the WLB32 LED lights lights, as well as the ease of installation were key factors in the company's decision.

  4. Kitting Operation with Gloves

    Banner’s fixed-field K50 indicator detects gloved hands , sensing when operators select the correct parts during the kitting process. The K50 indicator’s logic function is then able to notify the operator that he/she picked correctly by changing from green to yellow—additional colors can be selected to suite to the manufacturer’s preference. The K50’s ability to detect black gloves is especially important for lean manufacturing processes where workers typically wear dark gloves.

  5. Long Bin Pick-to-Light

    The EZ-LIGHT PVA pick-to-light sensors provide a reliable error-proofing solution for various operation systems. The light indicate to assemblers which items to pick and in which order to pick them.

  6. Improving Production with Pick-to-Light Systems

    A Banner wireless solution is a simple way to optimize inventory, reduce errors, and minimize waste. Each SureCross Performance Node with I/O Mapping can be equipped with up to six EZ-LIGHT operator indicator lights. The SureCross Gateway is conveniently located at a central location where maintenance personnel and management can monitor the parts consumption throughout the site.

  7. Long-Range Inspection in Automotive Assembly

    As vehicles move forward on an automotive assembly line, an L-GAGE LT7 time-of-flight laser sensor is directed inside the sun roof to verify that the car seat has been installed and is in the correct position. It is offered in retroreflective models with two discrete outputs (PNP) for extremely long ranges up to 250 m, making it a versatile sensor in the automotive industry.

  8. Temperature Sensor Detects Defrost Wires

    An automotive manufacturer was rejecting a supplier’s shipment of rear window assemblies due to faulty defroster grids. The supplier’s existing test procedure measured current draw across the entire heating system to detect an overall failure, but it could not detect the subtle impact of a single heating wire being broken. The window supplier partnered with a Michigan-based machine automation company to create a better test fixture—one that can verify each defrost wire heats to specification prior to shipping.

  9. Vision Sensor to Read QR Codes

    Prior to installation, engines and transmissions are coupled together on the assembly line. A worker using a hand held bar code reader scans the QR code on each transmission. The codes are small, have minimal quiet zones and are dense with embedded information. Additionally, the bar code readers have a limited range. Combined, these factors made scanning the QR codes difficult, adding time to the assembly process and diverting labor resources.