Summary: A manufacturer specializing in Underbody Cross Tubes and Engine Cradle Supports for the automotive industry approached Premier Industries with unique challenges around budget, delivery timelines, and updated safety features. Premier Industries designed and built a Fully Automatic Tube Transfer Cell complete with piercing, part identifications, and slug detectors. We incorporated adjustability features in the Mechanical and Controls Designs for multi-part handling and quick-change punches. An AB Control Platform was also implemented for superior data acquisition and machine runtime status. Our added control features improved operator safety and delivered real-time, on-line data reporting as requested by the end user, culminating in a cost-effective, efficient, and safer production process.

  • Industry: Automotive
  • Project Type: Custom Automation and Controls Design
  • Processes Used: Mechanical and Controls Design, Manufacturing

The client, involved in the manufacturing of Underbody Cross Tubes and Engine Cradle Supports for the automotive industry, came to us with a set of particular needs. They required a Fully Automatic Tube Transfer Cell that included piercing, part identifications, and slug detectors, all within specific budget and delivery constraints. Their requirements also included updated safety features for operators, ease of machine maintenance, and auto unload for dunnage pack out for correct hand part.

Understanding these multifaceted needs, Premier Industries took a tailored approach. We designed Mechanical and Controls systems that offer adjustable features to handle multiple parts and quick change punches. Additionally, an AB Control Platform was integrated into the machine, enabling better data acquisition and real-time machine run status. To further improve operator safety, additional control features were implemented. We also supplied on-line data acquisition features to fulfill the end user’s need for real-time reporting.

This custom-built Fully Automatic Tube Transfer Cell drastically improved the client’s manufacturing process. It offered greater efficiency, versatility in part handling, and an enhanced safety environment. Furthermore, the data acquisition capabilities provided valuable insights for continuous improvement.