The flame treating robotic cell we designed and built for Eissmann Group Automotive has been featured in an ABB Robotics Application Profile. See below for the video and official press release.
For nearly 50 years, Eissmann Group Automotive has specialized in supplying high-end leather trim and automotive interior components for virtually all the well-known manufacturers in the automotive industry.
The recent design and installation of a robotic flame-treating cell in Eissmann’s Pell City, Alabama facility is representative of the company's attention to detail, and the drive to continually improve manufacturing processes.
When Eissmann realized that that they needed a robotic solution, they consulted with Fitz-Thors Engineering in Bessemer, Alabama, a designer of manufacturing automation systems and a certified ABB Robotics value provider.
The ultimate solution that Fitz-Thors designed for Eissmann cleverly flame treats interior parts such as dashboards for some of the world's most recognizable vehicles - including Corvettes and the Tesla Model S, as seen in the video - in order to get them ready for gluing on fabrics, leathers, padding and other such material required for high-end vehicles.
The robotic flame treatment solution has reduced flame treatment time from 2 minutes per part when treated manually to 10 seconds when treated with the robot. In addition it is 100% consistent which means better adhesion of the surface materials to the plastic substrate.