Manufacturing companies, increase productivity by 30% with AGVs

Posted on 20th August 2016

Engine Assembly AGV

This post is a case study involving AGV implementation at VE Commercial Vehicles.

VE Commercial Vehicles Limited is a 50:50 joint venture between the Volvo
Group (Volvo) and Eicher Motors Limited (EML).

VECV is a complete Commercial Vehicle (CV) manufacturer with a wide product range that includes Eicher Trucks and Buses, Volvo Trucks India, Eicher Engineering Components and VE Powertrain.

Why are we introducing them?

The Case

VECV was looking to increase the capacity of their existing final assembly line and introduce new variants for exports. This also indicated that they were looking to decrease their dependency on labor.

In short, VECV wanted to adopt a solution that was based on Lean Manufacturing to increase their productivity and efficiency in the plant.

Challenges faced

  1. Incorporate the production of multi variants on a single assembly line.
  2. The current overhead conveyor line posed inflexibility to increase the number of stations and accommodate newer variants of engines.
  3. Dependency on labour (unpredictable).

Solution given

After studying the complete project, The Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz Ltd. proposed Automated Guided Vehicles as an extension to the current conveyor line to accommodate flexibility of new model integration.

This solution involved Engine Assembly AGVs.

This AGV acts as a working station where a worker can completely assemble an engine.

Features of these AGVs

  1. Attached Fixtures can be rotated 360° and in the up-down direction.
  2. Easy movement
  3. Can be easily inclined or declined

Engine Assembly Automated Guided Vehicles 2 Engine Assembly Automated Guided Vehicles

Outcomes from AGVs implementation

  1. VE commercial vehicles increased the capacity of line by 30%
  2. Flexibility in operations increased
  3. AGVs increased process control by 20%

Topics:   Automated Guided Vehicles.