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How sensors optimise precision and safety on transport manufacturing lines

A transport manufacturing line, also knows as an assembly or production line, is a method of manufacturing where vehicles are assembled from various components such as engines, chassis, body panels, and interior features.  Each component is typically manufactured separately and then brought to the assembly line where it is fitted onto the vehicle chassis or frame.

In a transport manufacturing line, various sensors are used throughout the assembly process to ensure precision, quality control and safety. These include:

  1. Force sensors to measure the force applied to an object or surface. They can be used to monitor the force exerted during assembly processes such as pressing, bolt tightening or part insertion. The sensors are also used in quality control processes to detect anomalies or variations in force during assembly operations as deviations from expected force levels can indicate defects or assembly errors.
  2. Torque sensors measure the torque or rotational force applied to a fastener, such as a nut, bolt or screw. They ensure that fasteners are tightened to the correct specification, preventing over-tightening or under-tightening.
  3. Pressure sensors measure the pressure exerted by fluids or gases. They can be used to monitor hydraulic or pneumatic systems, ensure proper fluid levels, and detect leaks in components. They are also used in engine management systems to monitor intake manifold pressure and exhaust gas pressure.
  4. Temperature sensors are used to monitor the temperature of components, machinery or environments. They ensure equipment operates within safe temperature limits and detect overheating or cooling issues. Example applications include welding equipment, paint booths, engine testing and calibration and battery manufacturing.
  5. Inclination sensors are integrated into assembly line equipment to ensure that vehicle components are properly aligned and installed. They are used in applications such as vehicle stability control systems to ensure vehicles are assembled correctly and operate safely.
  6. Hall effect sensors find various applications in transport manufacturing assembly lines due to their precision, reliability and ability to operate in harsh environments. They can detect the position of moving parts such as pistons, valves and actuators in engines, transmissions, and braking systems.

Example applications and solutions developed by Eurosensor

  • Rotary hall effect sensors to give position feedback for mounting wheels and tightening screws towards the end of the production line.
  • Inclination displays to give position feedback for mounting wheels and aligning them to the axis.
  • Temperature transmitters for engine test bench setups to provide accurate and reliable temperature measurements that are essential for evaluating engine performance and ensuring safety during testing.
  • Combined pressure and temperature sensors for engine test bench setups to monitor both pressure and temperature parameters simultaneously. This enables engineers to evaluate engine performance, combustion efficiency, cooling system effectiveness and other variables.

Sensors are integral components in transport manufacturing lines enabling manufacturers to enhance productivity, maintain stringent quality standards and uphold safety protocols. With the right sensors and systems in place, manufacturers can continue to innovate, steamline processes and deliver high-quality vehicles that meet the demands of today’s market.

Are you ready to optimise your manufacturing processes with advanced sensor technology? Contact us today to learn how our expertise can help.

Article published on: 18/04/2024

Article last updated on: 02/05/2024