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Volvo/Gothenburg Upgrades Press Line,
Increases Stroke Rate

Volvo/Gothenburg Upgrades Press Line,
Increases Stroke Rate

Tuesday, June 14, 2005
 
The Volvo manufacturing plant in Gothenburg, Sweden, has successfully integrated a set of UniFeeder press-line automation units into a five-press autobody-panel stamping line that is yielding an average increase in speed of one stroke per minute, as well as substantially reducing downtime for equipment maintenance. UniFeeders, two-axis programmable press-handling units from Swedish manufacturer Binar AB, function as destackers, inter-press handlers and stacking units. Volvo appreciates having one basic unit for all three activities, easing spare-parts inventory, maintenance, training and user-friendliness. As an inter-press feeder, the unit comprises a UniFeeder with a double tool bar and an idle station between presses. This setup, says Binar, leaves a large amount of floor space between the presses to ease changeout of the tool bar and die. UniFeeders have a rated load capacity, including tooling, of 200 kg, and a maximum horizontal stroke length of 10 m. For detailed UniFeeder specifications and schematic drawings illustrating several sample automated press-line layouts, surf to www.binar.se (click on the tiny British flag in the upper-right-hand corner to view the site in English.)

 

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