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Robotic Applications in Automotive Manufacturing

Car assembly operations and automotive part manufacturers are some of the biggest users of robots in the manufacturing industry.

Robots are easier to program and deploy than ever, but every integration project comes with unique challenges. That’s why manufacturers interested in adopting automotive robotics should work with an experienced integration partner for design and installation.

The following robotic applications are the most common in the automotive industry:

  1. Collaborative Robots
    These collaborative robots are built to work together with other robots, on enormous assembly lines. Robots must collaborate between handling and welding robots to make such assembly lines function properly.
  2. Robotic Painting
    Professional painters are difficult to find and the job is a highly toxic one. This makes it perfect for robots because the paint job needs to be highly consistent over a large area of paint, and reducing the amount of wasted material can add up to quite a bit of savings over time.
  3. Robotic Welding
    Robotic welding has been the top robotic application in the automotive sector for a long time, as every car needs a high number of welds before it’s complete. Given the high value of the finished product, productivity from automation is enormous.
  4. Robotic Assembly
    In many automotive plants, robots are assembling smaller components like pumps and motors at high speeds. Often, robots are performing tasks like windshield installation and wheel mounting to increase throughput.
  5. Material Removal
    High consistency and repeatability make robots perfect for material removal processes like trimming and cutting. This could be in the form of cutting fabrics, trimming plastic moldings and die castings or even polishing molds.
  6. Part Transfer and Machine Tending
    Pouring molten metal, transferring metal stamps, and loading and unloading CNC machines are all best completed by a robot as they are dangerous. When completed consistently with little downtime they can also be a source of major productivity.

Robots have been used in the automotive industry for a long time, and while today they are used in many different ways, but the 6 applications mentioned above are some of the most common uses of robotics in this industry.

Genesis has worked in the global automotive industry for decades. Read our case studies and learn about our services by visiting our Automotive Solutions section.


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