Our Coldwater facility has extensive experience in developing innovative solutions for automating manufacturing processes for a variety of industries and applications such as welding, inspection, material handling, forming, fabrication and others. We provide all the engineering and build of lean assembly and fabrication solutions from single cells through fully automated turnkey lines that could include any number of processes such as spot welding, stamping, roll forming, and inspection.
We look for inventive manufacturing approaches and technologies that will improve your process efficiency and profitability while delivering the highest quality product. This includes agile manufacturing systems that can accommodate various models or future model changes. And, our experience has gained us certification as integration partners with both Fanuc and Yaskawa, in addition to technical capability with other robot manufacturers.
Change is a constant in industry, except for the continuous demand for shorter delivery times and lower production costs. Our clients have come to trust in our ability to look at their requirements and develop an optimal solution for producing that particular component.
Coldwater provides the design and build of modular cells or turnkey automated welding and joining systems that are used in vehicle body-in-white assembly by Tier suppliers for both steel and aluminum structures. Production processes in these assembly lines incorporate a variety of material handling solutions as well as various joining technologies such as welding, hemming, adhesive bonding, clinching, riveting, etc.
Typical applications include assembly and sub-assembly lines for closures (tailgates, doors, hoods, wheelhouses, roofs, etc) and structural components such as pillars, cross and front beams, reinforcements, etc.
Using Coldwater-designed laser welding module standards, we build powertrain laser welding lines to meet each customer’s particular requirements. Our solutions include palletized transfer of components with RFID tracking through the assembly and welding process, laser ablation, robotic material handling, servo-controlled presses, laser welding and ultrasonic inspection of the weld.
One of our customers had been experiencing heavy re-work costs on a large machined component due to deep bore and bottom plate out-of-tolerances. Turning to the Coldwater facility’s precision machining department for assistance, we assured them we could achieve higher accuracy.
Our ability to hold to stricter tolerances enabled us to deliver an improvement of about 10% over the previous method. For the customer, this resulted in a savings of nearly 20% of the total costs they had been investing.
This transport rig was manufactured by the Lincoln Electric Automation Coldwater team to support jet engines during transport to test rigs for performance testing. Depending upon the situation, we can work from a supplied design or engineer and manufacture a complete solution for precision applications.
Timely repair of turbines in the field is critical to reducing the impact of electricity outages. To reduce the repair time involved required to remove the rotor from the stator, Lincoln Electric’s Coldwater team worked with a client to develop a suite of specialized, automated repair tools that was kitted and containerized. These kits eliminate the need for rotor removal, decreasing turbine downtime from weeks to days.