Comau has provided RoboticsAndAutomationNews.com an insight into its production processes at the Torino, Italy plant of the prestige car marque Maserati.
Comau is part of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group, which also owns Maserati, along with a number of the world’s most famous and celebrated marques such as Ferrari and Alfa Romeo.
In this picture story, Comau shows its industrial robots performing complex tasks relating to body-in-white operations, spot welding and other crucial assembly functions.
The Maserati Quattroporte is one of the two models of the Italian prestigious cars produced at the Torino plant.
A detail of the Maserati Quattroporte.
One of the Comau Smart NJ4 robots – the “Spot Welding Machine” – involved in the welding process of the Maserati cars.
Once the automatic cycle is started, each chassis is processed in sequence by the various Comau industrial robots.
The Comau robots allow Maserati to perform the complex operations of BIW – Body in White – with extreme precision.
Comau robots perform spot welding on one hand and, on the other hand, insert subcomponents (brake hoses, underbody parts, wiring, and so on) and all the closing elements such as side and top clamp brackets, rivets and Tucker studs.
A view of the production process automated with Comau robots.
Maserati leverages Comau’s innovative robotic solutions to build the bodies of two of the company’s most luxurious automobiles, the Quattroporte and the Ghibli.
The whole Maserati process involves the assembly of parts and subgroups through the insertion of 4,785 welding spots for each model.
Of these, 1,083 are performed in advance and 3,702 are made during the sheet metal working phase (1,025 of which are done by hand and 2,677 are performed automatically).
On the line, 190 rivets and 243 arc-welded studs are also applied for each model. Finally, almost 79 meters of semi-structural adhesive are spread, 66 meters of which by means of the robot and 13 meters manually.