Automated processes also take place in other disciplines
Speaking of other disciplines, the Volkswagen Group is increasingly relying on automated and autonomous solutions in other areas of its plant as well when converting its production halls into Europe’s most efficient electric vehicle factory.
Here, for example, employees used to manually take the finished pressed components from the conveyor belt and sort them into containers. In the future, robots will solve what is also known as destacking. Using a camera system, they automatically recognize the parts on the belt, pick them up and pack them into the containers.
Here, employees control robots with gestures. This means that the operator steers the gripper arm of the robot, on which the substructure of a car body is held, with hand movements. Sensors in a camera system move the robot into the position in which the employee wants to inspect the vehicle part. This enables improved quality control. In addition, the area has a fully automatic low-worker side panel system with which up to four different vehicle types can be automatically assembled. And: The vehicle doors, which reach the body shop via a conveyor belt, are also installed and aligned fully automatically in the finishing area.