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With a permanent workforce of 1,032 employees and an annual turnover of around 200 million euros, the Austrian TMS Produktionssysteme GmbH from Linz forms the core area of ​​the automotive division of the French GTIE group. In Germany, this includes TMS Deutschland GmbH in Augsburg and TECO Schweißtechnik GmbH in Frankfurt.

The core competencies include manufacturing systems for body floor groups, for chassis frames, side groups and truck cabs as well as the necessary joining technology. In addition, there are assembly systems, in-house conveyor technology and driverless transport systems. By 2005, GTIE Automotive is aiming for a position as a global system provider with annual sales of EUR 500 million and entry into the North American automotive market. At the end of 2002, a cooperation with an American partner is to be sealed. The company is also in a promising position to supply the conveyor technology for final vehicle assembly for the new M-Class from DaimlerChrysler in Tuscalosa.

After the production systems for the floor pan of the C-Class had been implemented in the Sindelfingen, Bremen and East London / South Africa plants between 1998 and 2000, a body shop for the floor pan of the new Mercedes E-Class has now been successfully completed at the Sindelfingen plant .

Simulation on the computer

Despite considerable space restrictions, the project engineers, in close cooperation with the client, succeeded in accommodating all of the production cells, including buffers and transport equipment. The production area was so exhausted that the collision investigations of the robot movements using computer simulation played an important role. By simulating the material flow and robot movements, it can be demonstrated in a short time whether certain planning ideas can be implemented in reality. For the E-Class project, the robots could be programmed off-line after the simulation, which significantly shortened the on-site commissioning.

The Z1 substructure E-Class production line is divided into the areas “front end”, “main floor”, “rear floor” and “assembly”. For reasons of space, the arrangement of the sub-areas had to be distributed over two floors, which required greater transport costs. The rear walls are brought to their assembly site in component containers with forklift trucks. Otherwise everything will run automatically. Around 47 industrial robots are used for welding and / or handling tasks.

In the individual production islands, there are material buffers that perform transport and temporary storage functions. The finished main floor is transported to line Z1 by means of a jack and skid. The rear floor, on the other hand, is manufactured on the same floor and can be fed to the "Complete rear floor" area via a buffer. The two rear floor variants of the sedan come to the Z1 line via conveyor lines. There the assemblies are joined to the finished sub-floor. (ks)

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