The automotive industry is in the midst of seismic changes. McKinsey & Company says nothing like it has been seen “since the Model T Ford first rolled off the production line in the early 1900s”.
The shift from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles is inevitable and fully underway. As this movement continues to gather momentum, the need to increase efficiency in all areas to offset the huge expenditure required continues. That’s why the automotive industry needs precision positioning systems.
Let’s explore what they are and how they can positively impact efficiency in the automotive industry.
Understanding Precision Positioning Systems
Precision positioning systems are used to produce parts that meet the tight tolerance standards the automotive industry demands. This is crucial not only for safety but to increase vehicles’ efficiency and minimize mechanical breakdowns.
Of course, not all parts used in the automotive industry require precision machined parts. Many are stamped or molded. However, precision positioning systems allow manufacturers to create complex parts with multiple surface features with minimal human interaction. The results are repeatable and can create huge volumes of parts with micron accuracy.
Precision positioning systems also allow for multi-axis machining. Using 6 axes of movement, they can create parts that would have required multiple adjustments from a machinist in the past, all with incredible accuracy.
In the automotive industry, precision positioning is crucial in the production of:
- Precision pins
- Exhaust parts
- Valve retainers
- And countless more precision parts
Auto manufacturers and parts suppliers can also use precision positioning to create customized parts for their vehicles that would otherwise be unobtainable.
How Precision Positioning Systems Boost Efficiency
Forbes reports that North American auto production was expected to hit 14.7 million cars and trucks by the end of 2022 – an increase of 12.5 percent over 2021. In this multi-billion dollar industry, small margins matter. Any improvements in production that reduce human error, operation times, and labor costs will result in significant efficiency savings.
Just one AccuLoc6 flexible tooling system is able to service multiple cutting machines or assembly cells. It is fully automated, which ensures accuracy while boosting efficiency and reducing labor costs.
Reports suggest that unplanned downtime costs automotive manufacturers $22,000 per minute. Why waste time and money maintaining systems that are inefficient and prone to breakdowns? The AccuLoc6 system contains no electronics or powered parts. It is not affected by dust and water, meaning it just runs and runs.
The AccuLoc6 Difference
AccuLoc6 is not the only flexible tooling system out there, but here’s why we think it’s the best choice for you. It delivers unmatched efficiency, boosting production while reducing downtime. It also allows unparalleled flexibility and is guaranteed to hold parts of every shape and size.
Finally, it is the most economical choice available, as a single system can service multiple assembly cells. If you’re in the automotive industry, you need AccuLoc6. Call Advanced Machine Works today at (918) 884-3750 to learn more about what it can do for your business.