The AutoGuide robot guidance system from Perceptron Inc. (Plymouth, MI) is being used by DaimlerChrysler Corp. to automate critical assembly operations for a new model of Mercedes-Benz being produced in Rastatt, Germany.
Fourteen AutoGuide robot guidance systems are located in the assembly plant. The systems will automate seam sealing, closure panel assembly, and hole punching for taillights. Perceptron's laser sensors and AutoSolve software algorithms measure the exact position of each vehicle in 3D and calculate "best fit" position information to guide robots during assembly. This allows the robots to assemble vehicles accurately and consistently.
These robot guidance systems are mission-critical systems. Perceptron's first-generation robot guidance systems were developed in close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz production experts. The initial application automated the automaker's door assembly processes. Now, the AutoGuide systems are used in a growing number of automated assembly functions, including roof placement, bumper plate welding, windshield mounting and seam sealing.
AutoGuide systems allow the company to reallocate workers from potentially dangerous process centers to those that are much less physically demanding. It also enables Mercedes-Benz to reduce costly rework and optimize body fit quality.
For more information on robotic guidance systems, call 734-414-4735 or visit www.perceptron.com.