SWINDON, UK - Rover Group has installed a second Robcad station at its body and stamping plant. It is used to design manufacturing operations.
Software was supplied by Tecnomatix Technologies, the Israel-based, computer-aided production engineering group, which has offices in Europe, the USA and Japan.
The first Robcad cell at Swindon, installed in June 1996, was used to design the manufacturing process for the upper facia structure of the Land Rover Freelander, said Bob May, Rover process design manager.
The second installation, incorporating five robot stations and three loading areas, provides additional capacity to design manufacturing operations and to program robots off-line.
May identified key benefits from the first experience of Robcad.
'All welding locations were correctly placed and perfectly perpendicular to the surface,' he said. 'Spot-weld guns and tooling were proved at process and design stages to avoid collisions and select the fastest robot path for welding.'
May predicts considerable savings from the new installation.