Welding and Joining Production Systems

From automotive body in white to heavy vehicle assembly, our flexible production systems and smart work cells help OEM’s and Tier-1 suppliers bring their vehicles to life while adapting to rapidly changing technology and consumer demands.

Production Systems

Automated solutions for the complete manufacturing process, including robot integration, fixtures, ancillary equipment, conveyors and material handling systems.

  • Complete Body Shops
  • Structural Reinforcement Sub-Assembly
  • Underbody Sub-Assembly
  • Roof Panel Sub-Assembly
  • Bodyside Panel Sub-Assembly
  • Underbody Marriage
  • Framing
  • Truck Frame Assembly
  • Truck Cab Assembly
  • Respot Welding
  • Closure Hemming
  • Closure Sub-Assembly
  • Closure Hang (Installation)

Joining Methods

Joining methods integrated into work cells and production lines.

  • Resistance (Spot) Welding
  • Nut and Stud Welding
  • Arc Welding
  • Friction Stir Welding
  • Riveting
  • Remote Laser Welding
  • Laser Brazing
  • Laser Cutting
  • Hemming
  • Clinching
  • Fastening
  • Adhesive Bonding

Materials

Production joining solutions for bodies and frames designed using various materials and multi-material combinations.

  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Magnesium
  • Composites

Framing Systems

Framing is the process of joining the roof panel, body side panels and the underbody. We provide framing systems with flexibility and scalability to accommodate multiple vehicle models and joining methods to suit various materials.

Solutions

  • Modular Gate Framer (multi-model)
  • Valu-Flex® Framer featuring Geo-Pod® and Geo-Dock® Technology (multi-model)
  • Truck Frame Fixtures

Manufacturing Insight

We help companies bring their products to market faster by partnering with them early. Manufacturing insight during the product design stage helps avoid problems instead of having to overcome them later. We generate comprehensive digital pre-assembly studies to prove that all the pieces fit — before there are any real pieces.

Our experience in body construction, automation and tooling combined with our familiarity with OEM processes and specifications, makes us your ideal integration partner.

Engineered Hemming Solutions

Joining inner and outer panels is a critical process that significantly affects function and vehicle appearance. With decades of experience in the art + science of hemming, our team works directly with vehicle OEM’s to make sure the final closure design can be manufactured without compromise.

Solutions

  • Robotic Roller Hemming
  • ValuFlex® 4+1 Flexible Multi-Model Roller Hemming
  • High Speed / High Volume Roller Hemming Process
  • Electric Press Hemming
  • Table Top Hemming
  • Clinching
  • Hem Dies
  • Automatic Hem Die Changers

Aligning Production with Product Evolution

Vehicles are evolving, presenting new production challenges.

Lightweight steel, aluminum, magnesium and composites are trending in vehicle design to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Modular platforms reduce costs, but can’t stand in the way of innovative function and distinctive styling. Safety, durability and comfort have always been consumer expectations and now technology is playing a larger role than ever.

It’s our responsibility as a system integrator and technology partner to develop efficient and effective production methods that align manufacturing with product evolution and bring vehicles to life exactly as designers and engineers imagine them.

Closure Assembly Systems

As a global leader in closure assembly, our systems are engineered to support complex, multi-material build requirements with proven practices of geometry-set tooling and robotic joining.

Solutions

  • Vertical Integration
  • Flexible Multi-Model Process
  • Multi-Material Joining Technologies

Closure Hang / Installation Systems

From low-volume hand-applied tools, to semi-automatic and fully automated systems, we specialize in designing and integrating systems to precisely install highly functional closure panels with superior fit, finish and appearance.

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