The Brose Group and IPG Photonics, the world leader in fiber lasers, today announce a project to collaborate on the development of the first direct weld measurement technology for automotive seat rails. In-line coherent imaging (ICI) technology will increase manufacturing efficiency, streamline validation and minimize waste.
After piloting the state-of-the-art welding technology in its London, Ontario facility, Brose will integrate weld cells into several manufacturing facilities in the US and Europe, with production set to begin early 2020.
ICI is considered a sophisticated welding technology due to its ability to increase manufacturing efficiency through simplified validation. The process, also tracks seams to detect surface irregularities and ensure weld quality. It replaces an indirect measurement approach that requires a one-hour validation process that pauses production.
“Our patented, in-line welding monitoring tools provide the most comprehensive and direct measurement of key manufacturing characteristics including weld depth, part fit-up and seam position,” said Trevor Ness IPG Photonics SVP WW Sales & Marketing. “IPG is proud to put our laser depth monitoring technology to work with Brose to support producing the highest quality seat rails available to consumers.”...