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Te Open RoboGate body framing station is inte-


grated within the VersaPallet framing line. A modular and expandable system, the Open RoboGate framer can accommodate as many as 18 robots in the station and up to six sets of dedicated framing gates. VersaRoll, VersaPallet and Open RoboGate use


overhead-mounted robots to maximize layout ef- ficiency. Tis configuration allows for greater inte- gration between stations, while reducing the overall production footprint. Comau’s integrated Sequence Part Delivery (SPD)


body shop logistics solution moves all of the parts handling and material delivery to a centralized loca- tion at one end of the production facility. Tis dra- matically reduces non-value-added material move- ment and improves system reliability. It also results in a safer work environment since forkliſt traffic is limited to part loading areas only. Other features of ComauFlex include:


• High-Density-Joining (HDJ) that allows up to 18 ro- bots—with standardized locations, wiring and piping—to simultaneously operate in a single station, providing an exceptionally high quantity of joining operations within short cycle times and in a small footprint. Te HDJ system features Comau’s NH4 hollow wrist robots equipped with lightweight high-performance end-of-arm tooling.


• RecogniSense, a single-camera 3D robot guidance solution that ensures effortless loading and unloading of parts from


The ComauFlex production system consists of two distinct but interconnected areas: a staging area to prep materials and parts for assembly and an area dedicated to the assembly process itself.


there are legacy assets and/or customer-preferred processes, grouped together in different configurations and then integrated to provide a hybrid body shop designed for a customer’s specific requirements. Tanks to their standardiza- tion, modular cells can be shipped to the end user’s facility completely assembled and tested, minimizing installation and launch times.


All ComauFlex equipment is engineered to be self-supporting, without any interface requirements to the building’s infrastructure.


racks or any kind of conveyor. Designed for simple and full recognition of each feature, RecogniSense reduces the amount of mechanical equipment needed while ensuring precise and repeatable placement of parts.


• VersaCoder, a closed-loop control system that provides common control architecture for all mainline transfer equipment including VersaRoll and VersaPallet stations, turntables, cross transfers conveyors and vertical liſt stations.


A Turnkey Solution All ComauFlex equipment is engineered to be self-sup-


porting, without any interface requirements to the building’s infrastructure; there is no need for floor pits or overhead sup- port for conveyors. Te various components of the technology can be as- sembled as a complete turnkey body shop or, in cases where


ComauFlex is being used by many major OEMs worldwide


for a variety of complex and high-volume programs includ- ing all-aluminum body shops. It enables significant savings of time, long-term costs and improvements in operational efficiency, allowing OEMs to focus on quality and reliability. As a result, customers have been able to: • Reduce work-in-process • Improve material logistics • Save energy • Minimize the floor space required for body-in-white manufacturing


• Improve overall plant safety Adopting this agile and versatile philosophy also allows


customers to better manage overall production capacity by quickly shiſting output between facilities—and sometimes countries—to meet ever-changing demands and handle pro- duction spikes without building new plants.


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