The automotive plastic industry sector uses a large range of assembly and test automation equipment and TQC have been supplying solutions to this sector for many years. TQC have supplied systems directly to leading vehicle manufacturing companies and many 1st, 2nd and 3rd tier suppliers. In general, the equipment needs to employ poke yoke or no-fault forward logic so that any product produced is 100% correct and can be safely fitted to a vehicle.
Automotive Plastic sector equipment can be arranged like so –
- single assembly benches with local bins and parts storage for batch production of parts
- production cells for single-piece part production (single piece flow)
- production lines for fully automatic production
- robotic solutions working with moulding machines
The array of parts that require assembly and testing within the automotive plastics sector is vast with the number of plastic components used in vehicles ever-increasing due to the weight-saving benefits they have. Automotive plastic industry-specific technology modules and processes TQC have looked at include hot plate welding, friction welding, ultrasonic welding, punching, cropping, routing, riveting, screwing, parts feeding and assembly, adhesive and sealing dispensing and application, leak testing, flow testing and general robotic handling of small and larger plastic parts. TQC can provide systems for assembly and test operations that add value to plastic mouldings, integrate equipment for key processes and ensure that quality-controlled products are supplied to end-users.
Equipment designed and manufactured by TQC includes assembly and testing of exterior and interior mouldings and assemblies. Ranging from large front and rear bumper mouldings through to smaller multi-part interior mechanisms, TQC have handled, assembled and tested automotive plastic industry parts to meet customer requirements.