Nissan Touts New Robotics Tech for Old Parts
Nissan Motor Co. says it has developed a cost-efficient way to produce replacement parts for discontinued vehicles.
Called dual-sided dieless forming, the technique uses a pair of synchronized robotic arms (right)—one on each side of a steel sheet—to gradually shape the metal with diamond-coated tools (below). This eliminates the need for expensive stamping dies and improves surface quality consistency, according to the carmaker.
Nissan says newly developed software allows it to control the two robots with a high degree of dimensional accuracy. This enables them to form detailed convex and concave shapes that weren’t possible with single-sided forming systems, according to the carmaker.
But the robots take much longer to form a part than a traditional stamping press used for mass production. This makes the new process better suited for low-volume batch production, including parts for classic cars.
Watch a video about the technology HERE.
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This is the Case IH 8000 Series Austoft sugar cane harvester: According to CNH Industrial, which owns Case, in Brazil, where equipment like this is used, sugar cane harvesting, which had once been a labor-intensive process (as had been the production of cars and components), workers had been able to cut cane at a rate of up to 500 kg per hour.