GKN

Increased productivity in automotive facility​

With more and more demand within the automotive industry – GKN – a key supplier to Jaguar Land Rover, have now expanded their production facility to keep up with demand. Banelec were invited by the main contractor – V Installations – to bid for the electrical component of the system, in which we were successful.

The task

Our scope was to design a fully/semi-automatic electrical control system to manufacture completed drive shaft components and deposit them into delivery silos ready for dispatch to the customer. This entire process involves very little human intervention during the production and is capable of 220+ extra shafts per hour, a vast increase in productivity.

What we created

Although we have completed many projects within the automation industry this one proved to be a lot more involved; Banelec not only designed, manufactured and installed the complete electrical system but also incorporated robots and high precision camera analysis. The incorporation of sensors and bespoke Banelec bracket design make them fully adjustable in 3 axes.

The result

Following the completion of our first production cell installation at GKN facilities in Birmingham it was deemed that this should be the benchmark for all jobs of its type within their bar shaft production facilities.

Its increased output significantly and worked more efficiently than previous companies’ designs had.
Due to the significantly increased output and efficient production process supported by the implementation of our design and the installation of our first system, we have returned and installed three further cells within this plant to the same high specification.

The robotic system we designed and installed for GKN works quicker and more accurately than any of the systems they had previously used within their facilities, hence their return for repeat systems.