Comau has announced it built an advanced automated welding solution for Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd (BFDA), a joint venture between Daimler Trucks AG and the Chinese truck manufacturer Foton Motor. In doing so, Comau said it is helping support BFDA’s first localized heavy-duty truck for the Chinese market, the “Actros”, which is based on the Mercedes-Benz global platform and uses Daimler’s most advanced truck technology.
Featuring 100% process automation, the Comau-designed production line is engineered to be completely flexible in order to handle complex model management and variable output management, the company said. With a target annual production capacity of 50,000 units, Comau said its welding solution will meet both the customer’s current and future production requirements.
The Comau engineering team was tasked with mastering the Daimler Integra 6 standard to create an automated, flexible, intelligent and digital welding line for both the door area and the framework of the instrument panel.
Built to ensure cycle efficiency and streamline workflows, the solution features proprietary Comau products, such as RH-Clean, an automatic cleaning roller device that can be used with different types of rollers and pre-hemming tools, and a quality-control vision system that uses QUISS camera detection and is equipped with a kick-in/kick-off process to ensure the quality of the parts after gluing. The project also leverages virtual commissioning technology to help test and optimize the new production line while shortening the actual commissioning time, reducing labor hours and reducing potential post-site commissioning risks, Comau said.
“Throughout this successful collaboration, the Comau team has played an important role in improving the competitiveness of our products,” said William Sparenberg, head of Mercedes Benz Truck Factory. “We are particularly impressed with their expertise in various aspects such as design, reliability and cost.”
“We are honored to have been selected by Foton Daimler to work on this milestone which paves the way to localizing its first heavy-duty truck,” said Gaetano Cantalupo, Comau’s head of countries cluster APAC. “Winning this project is a recognition of Comau’s capabilities, expansion of its customer base and expansion into new business modules.”
Comau said mass production of the high-end Actros truck is expected to start in Q2 2023. For more details on Comau’s robots, visit its website here.