Leading development partner for the
transportation industry with a global operating workforce of over 5,600, EDAG (Detroit, MI / Fulda, Germany) recently was faced with the task of designing a heavy-duty ring for a new production concept. The system, designed for small lot production of vehicle components, was required to not only bear the weight of car body tools weighing up to four tons, but also provide sufficient room at its center for a heavy-duty robot.
At the initial stages of development, EDAG engineers found that the heavy- duty rings currrently available on the market were too small to bear the weight of four heavy car body tools while providing sufficient room for handling systems and a robot in the center−not just the outside of the ring. EDAG’s Managing Director/COO Manfred Hahl swiftly sought out a solution to the new production concept that would ultimately provide its customers cost advantages and quality-enhancing innovation.
Hahl commissioned industry leading specialist for rotary tables and automation WEISS North America, Inc. (Willoughby, OH), and its’ parent company WEISS (Buchen, Germany), to initiate detailed and collaborative engineering discussions with them to develop a complete, integrated solution for EDAG’s unique production system.