Assembly Line

Automotive assembly line faces several challenges when it comes to material handling. With greater number of vehicle variants being launched in the market a parallel system to handle the components of these variants on the same assembly line is one of the key challenges faced by most automotive and auto-component manufacturers. Further, the components on assembly line need quick orientation and highly precise positioning as they are placed /mounted in synchronization with the moving assembly line.

Fine Handling has solved handling challenges for a wide variety of components on the assembly line to achieve the desired cycle time and maintaining highest safety. The examples of Fine Handling's work shown here will give you a brief insight into core technology, its adaptations for various applications as per the specific needs of the customer's process and value added.

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Solutions

  • Instrument Panel
  • Battery Handling
  • Suspension Strut
  • Seat
  • Tyres
  • Door
  • Glass Components
  • CNG Tank

Instrument Panel / cockpit

Cockpits or Instrument Panels are typically assembled on a separate sub-assembly conveyors, Cockpits are required to be inserted through door aperture. cockpits are lengthy and heavy weighing around 80 kg including all the mountings on it such as HVAC, Steering column etc. This makes insertion a difficult task, Fine Handling’s Gripping solution for handling of Instrument Panel has successfully handled various types of Instrument panels / cockpits such as

  • Instrument Panel for Cars
  • Instrument Panel for SUV / MUV
  • Instrument Panel for Trucks and heavy vehicles.

Installation

  • Instrument Panels

  • Instrument Panels

Videos

  • Instrument Panels

Battery Handling

Automotive batteries weigh around 30 kgs or more. Placing the battery among the engine components without disturbing the other parts is often time consuming primarily because the available space in engine compartment is relatively less. Also, if both legs of batteries get connected while handling with a metallic equipment, it can discharge the battery. The customized Grippers from Fine Handling serve specific battery handling needs of the customers process including easy operations, safety in handling and firm clamping.

  • Precise and compact grippers for easy operations
  • Polyurethane jaws to ensure safety of batteries
  • Special insulting material to ensure two legs of battery does not come in contact

Installation

  • Battery Handling

Videos

  • Battery Handling

Suspension Strut

Suspension struts need to be placed exactly below the wheel arch. Further, bolts are to be aligned to bore so struts can be fixed quickly without much hassle to the operator. Fine Handling's gripping solutions are being used on assembly lines of several leading automobile companies to ensure fast handling and precise positioning of struts. Fine Handling has developed a variety of customized grippers to handle suspension struts as per customer's specific needs:

  • Tilt arrangement for easy entry of suspension strut below wheel arch.
  • Manual rotation operation for easy alignment of bolts to bolt holes.

Installation

  • Suspension Strut

  • Suspension Strut

Videos

  • Suspension Strut

Seat

Seats are heavy, bulky to handle and oddly shaped for easy placement. On the assembly line, the seats need to be inserted through the door aperture and precisely positioned for quick and easy bolting on the automotive body without any damage. Further, many times, the same gripper needs to be compatible to handle multiple variants of seat. Here is a glimpse of some of the gripping systems, conceptualized, designed and engineered by Fine Handling for efficient, expedited and ergonomic handling of seats as per the specific needs of the customer's process:

  • Front Seats
  • Rear Seats
  • Middle Seats (in case of SUV / MUV Captain Seats, 60:40 or 40:60 seats and Pool Seats)
  • Rear Seats

Installation

  • Automotive seat

  • Automotive seat

  • Automotive seat

  • Automotive seat

  • Automotive seat

Videos

  • Automotive Seat

  • Middle Seat

Tyres

On a fast moving assembly line, picking up and placing the tyre on the wheel hub for bolting is a tedious and time consuming task. The challenge is to assist the operator to quickly engage the tyre, provide an effortless handling and to place it precisely on the wheel hub for bolting. Fine Handling's gripping solutions are being used on assembly lines of several leading automobile companies to perform ensure fast and safe handling of tyres. Fine Handling has developed a variety of customized grippers to handle each variety of tyres such as:

  • 4 Wheeler Front and rear tyres
  • Tractor/Off-highway equipment tyres

Installation

  • Large Tyre

  • Truck Tyers

  • Tyre Installations

  • Tyre Carrier

Videos

  • Large Tyers

  • Spare Wheel

  • Tyre Handling

  • Tractor Tyre Handling

Door

Doors are typically fixed on the automotive body by two ways i.e. hinge or pin and bore type. Achieving the desired cycle time is a highly critical parameter in case door fitment. Fine Handling's gripping solutions are customized for the door deisgns of the manufacturer, and the handling equipment is perfectly synchronized to the assembly line. Fine Handling has developed specialized, customized grippers for its customers to handle variety of doors such as:

  • Successfully Achieved 45 Jobs per hour
  • Rail mounted 4 gripper solution for fast and safe assembly of doors.

Installation

  • Door

  • Door

  • Door

Videos

  • Door Removal

  • Door Insertion

Glass Components

Handling glass components, on a fast moving assembly line, is very critical typically because of the weight, delicate nature of the components and mechanism for the opening and closing after placement. Operator safety is a key concern in handling glass components. Fine Handling's gripping solutions have helped automotive companies to solve all the above challenges, while raising the efficiency and safety for the operators several notches higher. Fine Handling has developed specialized, customized grippers for its customers to handle components such as:

  • Front and rear wind shield
  • Sunroof

Installation

  • Glass Components

  • Glass Components

Videos

  • Vacuum based Glass Trolley

CNG Tank

With increased awareness about environment automotive manufacturers have launched CNG fuelled vehicles. The CNG Tanks used in such vehicles are bulky and heavy with weights often exceeding 80 kg. Fine Handling has developed gripping solutions for easy, safe and secure placement of CNG tank unit in the automobile through boot space or door aperture. Examples of some of the customized gripper solutions for handling CNG tanks, along with its handling equipment are show below:

  • Gripper developed for easy, safe, and secure placement of CNG tank in the Car.
  • Fast quick and easy entry of CNG tank either through boot space or door aperture.

Installation

  • CNG Tank

Videos

  • CNG Tank