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Driving the Manufacturing Industry Forward With Automotive Automation

If we were forced to identify parts on a modern vehicle that weren’t made with the help of automotive automation manufacturing, we’d be hard-pressed to name a single one. Today, virtually every component that goes into assembling an automobile or truck is mass-produced on automated manufacturing lines by the hundreds or thousands.

There are two key reasons for automated manufacturing: One being the need for consistent high-quality products, and the other being the need to keep manufacturing costs at a minimum. By volume, most automotive components are low-tech, plastic or light metal commodities that are bought on price, which is the reason why manufacturing these parts is a highly price-sensitive endeavor.

Automotive automation is the perfect defense against cost variability, as well as the best solution for ensuring component safety, performance and a long lifespan. There are so many automated platforms that can be utilized in automotive component manufacturing that we’d like to run through the most common options below.

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Industrial Automotive Component Manufacturing at a Glance

Manufacturing automotive components requires a wide array of fabrication tool processes. This fact is compounded further by the different materials and applications involved.

Automated Component Fabrication Applications

What types of components are produced by the automotive automation systems described above? Here are a few examples:

Applying Automation in the Automotive Industry

From our own direct experience, automotive automation directly helps component manufacturers solve challenges inherent with today's manufacturing landscape. Beyond the usual skilled labor deficiencies and volatile supply chain concerns, automotive manufacturers are increasingly faced with rapidly shifting regulatory and consumer demands. In fact, regulatory and consumer interests seem to be changing so quickly that they tend to overshoot each other toward the extremes, which leads to great difficulty in predicting medium-term trends. This results in a low level of confidence for market stability and direction, which in turn drives manufacturers to be hesitant to invest in expanding their capabilities.

While this hesitancy is understandable, manufacturers still have options. For one, manufacturers can implement individual automotive automation stations that perform specific tool processes very well, and which can be adapted to work perfectly with evolving designs over time. In addition, manufacturers can choose semi-standard system platforms that can be initially configured to perform multiple operations on a single part, and later augmented to add more operations or features as volumes grow.

These types of options allow manufacturers to deploy automated solutions without the worry of making the wrong investment. In fact, here are a few examples of our own AMS automated manufacturing systems that achieve exactly these goals:

Nut Insertion

Our NI-401 Nut Insertion system is used to emboss threaded fasteners into plastic device molds, providing secure mounting points for medium- to high-load applications.


Precision Fastening

The PF-401 Precision Fastening system is used to automatically drive screws, studs, stand-offs and other threaded fasteners.


Leak Testing

Our LT-401 Leak Testing system performs all types of medical device quality control leak testing, including pressure decay, vacuum decay, mass spectrometry, and bubble test methods.


Adhesive Joining

AMS’ GC-401 Glue and Cure system is used to prepare, apply, fit and cure glued mating joints in plastic and metallic materials.


Plastic Joining

Our PJ-401 Plastic Joining system is used for single or multi-process fabrication needs, offering ultrasonic welding, fusion welding, heat staking, spin welding, spot welding and even textile welding.


The Road Ahead With Automotive Automation

As with any complex industry, the specific details and nuances of automotive component production processes can vary quite a bit between manufacturers, car brands and their end users’ expectations. Further, any given component may take multiple tool processes, assembly steps, QC checks and so on to fully produce.

All this variation tells us that automotive component manufacturers need options, and the more automated, the better. In an effort to hold costs down, work around declining skilled labor availability and meet ever-changing consumer expectations, manufacturers can deploy automated systems at any step in their current operation. As manufacturers continue to grow, they can lean into automated platforms even more, all the way up to the point of achieving a fully integrated, automated, standardized production scheme that serves their entire product catalog. For manufacturers that are not ready to fully automate at this scale, individual semi-automated stations can be just as beneficial for tackling specific challenges that would present the greatest return on investment.

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