DVA machines bound for prestige car roles

DV Automation is to supply a robotic hemming closure system to a Tier One component maker for producing Ferrari bonnet, fenders and engine covers at its factory in Italy.

The DVA system, which will be equipped with a standard KUKA robot, has been chosen not only for its suitability for hemming aluminium parts, but also for its flexible manufacturing capabilities for low volume production.

DVA robotic hemming closure systems are specially designed so that additional tooling can be added at a later date to accommodate a number of model variants and other processes, explained Mark Schlanker, DV Automation’s business manager

“This latest order demonstrates the growing demand from vehicle component makers for more versatile and cost-effective hemming closure systems, especially where volumes are low,” he added.

DVA is also celebrating more new business success after securing an order from BMW, who have selected a table top, electro-mechanical machine for hemming deck lids.

While DVA has previously produced a number of hemming closure systems for BMW’s UK factory at Cowley and Tier One suppliers to BMW, this new machine will be the first to be supplied to one of its plants in Germany.

Earlier this year, DVA unveiled its new Flex Hemmer, a compact, electro-mechanical machine that can be used to hem parts such as hoods, deck lids and liftgates for a variety of model variants or future new models thanks to its interchangeable cassette tool system.

DVA offers several versions of the Flex Hemmer, which can incorporate options such as a component indexing shuttle and integrated overhead clamp or a robot gripper which docks on to the tooling.

For more details contact DVA on +44 (0) 121 585 3333 or email sales@dvautomation.co.uk.