New robot welder for seat assembly production

Louise Smyth

Tier One automotive supplier Sertec has invested in a new £500,000 robot welding cell to manufacture parts for the new Toyota Auris. The West Midlands-based company won the contract to manufacture the rear seat assembly for the new Auris from Toyota supplier Adient.

The new manufacturing cell, designed and supplied by Cyber-Weld Ltd, Fanuc’s strategic arc welding systems supplier in the UK, is scheduled to produce circa 80,000 rear seat assemblies every year at Sertec’s Coleshill facility.

Sertec will manufacture two variants of the Auris rear seat, which will be manufactured at Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, with different assemblies for the hybrid and all-electric variants.
The new MiG welding cell is equipped with two Fanuc ARC Mate 0iB robots, controlled by R-30iB controllers. In addition, the cell is equipped with a 500kg payload turntable capable of 180o indexing, air-cooled Binzel welding torches and a torch cleaning station. Safety is provided by metal guarding and the dual check safety (DCS) software package.

Many of the welds on the Auris seat structures are deemed safety critical and the cell has therefore been equipped with the ARCAgent weld monitoring system, including industrial PC and cabinets, to monitor and record every weld.

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