Integration of manual processes into fully automated manufacturing process
In the context of sliding / panoramic roof installation, IBG was faced with the challenge of integrating the seal for a roof into the assembly in a fully automated process. IBG provided the solution for this with the development of the seal application head. This system offers the possibility to integrate the manual processes, which consist of "cleaning the surface" and "applying the adhesive seal", into a fully automated production process. Using an innovative camera control system, the application head moves along the roof cut-out of the car body and cleans the roof flange intended for the seal.
The parallel application head then applies the adhesive seal all around. The cycle time for this production process is thus considerably reduced compared to manual assembly. With the combination of the gasket application head and the sliding roof assembly, IBG has succeeded in developing an automated concept for complete roof integration.