The automation and fixture system devices developed by techTEAM, integrated into a closed, fully automated cell, designed and manufactured especially for Kongsberg Automotive.
Kongsberg Automotive, a well-known worldwide company, has launched another factory, this time located in Koluszki (Lodz province). In this modern factory the company manufacturers parts for Scania, DAF and Volvo trucks.
By building a closed-cell system for the production of cabin tilt stabilizers and Kongsberg's suspension hooks, we have once again proved our strong position in the European market. This is not the first time our company has taken a part in such an innovative project, but the tasks we have put in place had been exceptionally demanding. For instance, how to reconcile the speed of automated human workplaces that are required at the quality control stage and those requiring organoleptic assessment?
MAZAK's five-axis machining center and horizontal milling centers used in this project are operated in an automated or semi-automatic manner. The pictures show, among other things, the clamping systems used with the machines. Some of the solutions have been adapted from other KONGSBERG factories, but techTEAM specialists have improved them upon processing speed, positioning accuracy and equipment durability. An example of this could be the significantly improved system for the manufacture of the tilt stabilizer connectors.
Although the new plant employs more than 70 people, most operations are fully automated and employees act as "smart" supervisors of an autonomous system. It is important not only in terms of safety but also in terms of health - frequently industrial working conditions are found harmful to employees’ health. Industrial fumes, high temperature and electromagnetic waves all pose a risk. In all these places, a steel robot replaces a man.
Kongsberg Automotive (KA) is headquartered in Norway. The company has 30 production sites around the world. Today, the range of products includes seat comfort systems, driver’s assistance and traffic control products, fluid circulation units, steering systems (driver - vehicle interface) developed for global vehicle manufacturers.
We encourage you to watch the short film by Dziennik Lodzki, the newspaper that reported on the opening:
Did you know that…
- Some of the solutions adapted during the design stage of the production cell were implemented for the first time and became patented solutions.
- KONGSBERG company has grown on the basis of military production and its portfolio of products includes … submarines.