Global automotive supplier Lear corporation has optimised just-in-time assembly by introducing robot technology on the production line. Every day the robotic arm completes around 8,500 drilling actions on car seats – and monitors the process digitally to prevent faulty seats from continuing on the conveyor belt. The result is an increase in both production speed and product reliability.
The business transformation
Just-in-time assembly is an established production model in the supplier industry, enabling considerable cost savings on the part of the customer. For automotive supplier Lear Corporation the model requires superlative flexibility – and with limited space available inside the production hall it was becoming increasingly difficult to meet the demand.
What Lear Corporation needed was a small, mobile robot that could be used directly alongside personnel without safety guarding as the individual production steps take place one after another on a conveyor belt. The optimum solution would also have to be easy to program for people with limited experience with robot technology.