Manufacturing AUTOMATION

CenterLine issued High Speed Fastener Welding patent

June 28, 2018
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Jun. 28, 2018 – CenterLine (Windsor) Limited has announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent 9,895,775 for CenterLine’s High Speed Fastener Welding System. The production assembly equipment integrates both process and product improvements is designed to result in a fastener welding solution suited to handle multiple applications with one machine.

According to Larry Koscielski, Vice President of Process & Technology Development, “This development encapsulates CenterLine’s best practices and lessons learned used to overcome the challenges our customers face with production fastener welding. Our High Speed system has optimized all of the motions of the process while raising the bar on part quality, ease of maintenance and production flexibility. This system is a game changer for any manufacturer involved with fastener welding.”
Extensive design, development and field beta testing has resulted in a system that boasts important benefits to customers including:

• Vast improvements in overall cycle times and comprehensive error-proofing features to optimize quality and production output.
• The capability to quickly re-configure the system for new part structures to maximize equipment flexibility and up-time. The system can also be modified and/or updated to satisfy new application conditions or completely new projects.  
• The ability to disassociate the operator work from the production process cadence to remove cycle time dependency from the operator and reduce an employee’s exposure to repetitive motions.

Integral components of CenterLine’s High Speed Fastener Welding System include the PinPoint Solution, the Quick Fastener Placement Unit (QFP) and the SoftMount Welding Gun package(s). As of June 1, CenterLine has delivered over 30 of these systems to various Tier 1 facilities in North America. Some of these systems are processing over 8,000 fasteners per day. In some systems, up to 38 different parts are processed with minimal changeover.


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