PRTODAY / NewswireToday Free press release distribution service network

Written by / Agency / Source: ABB Robotics / ABB Ltd

Check Ads Availability|e-mail Article


Are you the owner of this article?, Turn it PREMIUM with your LOGO instead - and make it 3rd party Ads-Free! within the next hour!

ABB Robots Help Wanfeng Group Improve Productivity, Quality and Worker Safety - Due to the unbearable heat and dangerous environment for manual workers, robots are now the employees of choice for Wanfeng, and are delivering high quality products and an improved working environment
ABB Robots Help Wanfeng Group Improve Productivity, Quality and Worker Safety

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Shaoxing, China, 2011/03/03 - Due to the unbearable heat and dangerous environment for manual workers, robots are now the employees of choice for Wanfeng, and are delivering high quality products and an improved working environment. NYSE: ABB

   
 
Your Banner Ad Here instead - Showing along with ALL Articles covering Manufacturing/Robotics Announcements

Replace these Affiliate Programs at ANYTIME! Your banner here within the next hour. Learn How!


 

Established in 1994, Wanfeng Auto Holding Group is headquartered in Shaoxing, China The Group has 12 subsidiaries around the world and its clients include BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai and Yamaha. They produce aluminum alloy wheels for motorcycles and automobiles, and casting is a key part of their production process.

Harsh and hazardous environment unsafe for manual workers
ABB robots used in Zhejiang Wanfeng Technology Development for automatic casting works
The Wanfeng group produces over 25 million wheels a year, with more than 80 percent of the products being exported. A key part of the production process involves heating the aluminum to more than 700 degrees Celsius and pouring it into a mold. The heat is unbearable and it is very dangerous for the manual workers.

“In China casting work has always been done manually, but this work is highly risky because workers have to be close to hot liquid metal" says Jiang Yuhua, General Manager of Zhejiang Wanfeng Technology Development Co. Ltd. "Another headache is that manual work cannot guarantee the quality of the products, so we thought about using robots instead of workers to complete the job.”

Wu Jun, head of the Wanfeng Robot Engineering Center, was given the task to search for a automated manufacturing process. “If we could find a solution to the problem, we could not only remove workers from a harsh working environment, but also enormously improve production efficiency,” he said.

Robot solution selected for gravity casting work
After more than two years’ research led by Wu, an automated casting system was put into production. The system includes an ABB robot, which is equipped with a container in the shape of a huge scoop, together with four to eight moulds placed around it. The gravity casting system is placed beside the pot containing the liquid aluminum, and the robot then scoops out the liquid and pours it into the mold.

In a bid to precisely control the amount in each scoop, a sensor is installed on the robot which helps it collect the exact amount of molten aluminum to fill the mold. "This control is very important. If the amount is not controlled very well, the quality of the roughcast can be greatly affected. Therefore good control can both reduce waste and cut costs," said Wu Jun.

"On the safety front, now only a few workers are needed on the Group’s production lines, and those that are required are able to stay away from hot liquid and simply operate the robots,” added Wu.

Fifteen robot casting units increase output by up to 20%
"The robot we use most is the IRB 6640," said Jiang. According to Jiang, this technology has brought tremendous benefits to many casting enterprises. For example, with the help of the robots, yield has increased more than 10 percent, while output has risen by 10 to 20 percent.

Today more than 15 automatic casting units with ABB robots have been put to work and Zhejiang Wanfeng is now a major system integrator of ABB robots in China.

“We are now working on further improvements to the system to make it more cost and energy efficient. Our goal is to grab 45 percent of the domestic gravity casting market within three years,” added Jiang.

About ABB
ABB (abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 124,000 people.

About ABB Robotics
ABB Robotics (abb.com/robotics) is a leading supplier of industrial robots – also providing robot software, peripheral equipment, modular manufacturing cells and service for tasks such as welding, handling, assembly, painting and finishing, picking, packing, palletizing and machine tending. Key markets include automotive, plastics, metal fabrication, foundry, electronics, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries. A strong customer focus helps manufacturers improve productivity, product quality and worker safety. ABB has installed more than 190,000 robots worldwide.

 
 
Your Banner Ad Here instead - Showing along with ALL Articles covering Manufacturing/Robotics Announcements

Replace these Affiliate Programs at ANYTIME! Your banner here within the next hour. Learn How!


 

Written by / Agency / Source: ABB Robotics / ABB Ltd

 
 

Availability: All Regions (Including Int'l)

 

Traffic Booster: [/] Quick Newswire Today Visibility Checker

 

Distribution / Indexing: [+] / [Company listed above is a registered member of our network. Content made possible by PRZOOM / PRTODAY indexing services]

 
 
# # #
 
 
  Your Banner Ad showing on ALL
Manufacturing/Robotics articles,
CATCH Visitors via Your Competitors Announcements!


ABB Robots Help Wanfeng Group Improve Productivity, Quality and Worker Safety

Company website links NOT available to basic submissions
It is OK to republish and/or LINK any newswire for any legitimate media purpose as long as you name Newswire Today and LINK as the source.
 
  Is this your article?
Activate ALL web links and social stream by Upgrading to Press Release PREMIUM Plan Now!

ABB Robotics |
Publisher Contact: Maanasi R K - ABB.com 
248-391-9000 maanasi.rk[.]in.abb.com
 
Newswire Today - PRZOOM / PRTODAY disclaims any content contained in this article. If you need/wish to contact the company who published the current release, you will need to contact them - NOT us. Issuers of articles are solely responsible for the accuracy of their content. Our complete disclaimer appears here.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Issuance, publication or distribution of this press release in certain jurisdictions could be subject to restrictions. The recipient of this press release is responsible for using this press release and the information herein in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations in the particular jurisdiction. This press release does not constitute an offer or an offering to acquire or subscribe for any ABB Robotics / ABB Ltd securities in any jurisdiction including any other companies listed or named in this release.

Manufacturing/Robotics via RSSAdd NewswireToday - PRZOOM Headline News to FeedBurner
Find who RetweetFollow @NewswireTODAY



Are you the owner of this article?, Turn it PREMIUM with your LOGO instead - and make it 3rd party Ads-Free! within the next hour!


Read Latest Articles From ABB Robotics / ABB Ltd / Company Profile


Read Manufacturing/Robotics Most Recent Related Newswires:

BASF to Launch New Light Stabilizers for Wood and Metal Coatings
ADVA Optical Networking Adds New Members to its Ensemble Harmony Ecosystem
Raritan Signs SYNNEX Corporation as Distributor of Data Center Product Portfolio
PPG Expert to Present on Sprayable Transparent Functional Coatings At 2017 Smart Coatings Symposium
BASF Presents its Updated Polyurethane Portfolio At SIMAC 2017 in Milan
Outokumpu Prodec High Machinability Bar to be Supplied by IMS in the Benelux
Fraunhofer TechBridge Launches SunRISE Challenge II in Partnership with DSM and Greentown Labs, Seeking Innovations in Solar Energy
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Introduces New Laser Scanning Technology for Portable Measuring Arm Systems
ADVA Optical Networking Launches Hypervisor for Optical Network Virtualization
Master Builders Solutions® At BetonTage Trade Show in Neu-Ulm
BASF and the European Space Agency to Develop Digital Services for Farmers
Rockwell Automation Releases FactoryTalk View V9.0 Software to Improve Insight into Plant Processes
BASF Acquires Rolic AG - A Specialist in Light Management for Advanced LCD/OLED Displays
Energy-efficient, IIoT-supported, Electro-hydraulic Products Unlock New Opportunities for Manufacturers Finds Frost & Sullivan
GE Introduces its New SeaLyte* Vessel Control and Dynamic Positioning Systems

Boost Your Social Network
& Crowdfunding Campaigns


LIFETIME SOCIAL MEDIA WALL
NewswireToday Celebrates 10 Years in Business


PREMIUM Members


Visit  NAKIVO, Inc.

Visit  BizJobs.com





 
  ©2017 Newswire Today — Limelon Advertising, Co.
Home | About | Advertise/Pricing | Contact | Investors | Privacy/TOS | Sitemap | FRANCAIS
newswire, PR free press releases distribution service magazines engine news alert newsroom press room breaking news public relations articles company news alerts newswiredistribution ezine bizentrepreneur biznewstoday digital business report market search pr firms agencies reports distri-bution today investor relation successful internet entrepreneurs newswire distribution prtoday.com freenewswiredistribution asianewstoday bizwiretoday USA pr UK today - NOT affiliated with PRNewswire as we declined their partnership offer in 2013
 
PRTODAY & NewswireTODAY are NOT affiliated with USA TODAY (usatoday.com)