RELOCATION OF UPT LINE

DESIGNED AND INSTALLED RFID DRIVEN AUTOMATION CONTROLS SYSTEM
RELOCATION OF UPT LINE

  • INDUSTRY: Automotive
  • PROJECT TYPE: Turnkey
  • BUDGET; $594,000
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BACKGROUND
Relocation of an existing upfit, paint and tag (UPT) line area to allow room for a new engine line in the plant.

CHALLENGE
Under strict parameters and a very tight timeline due in part to a necessary plant-wide shut down during project completion, the client needed an integrator to complete a controls automation project for the manufacturing of a high-horsepower diesel engine. The resulting updated UPT line, which remains mission critical to the company’s growth, needed to run smoothly and safely. “We needed not only a quality partner, but an integrator that would be invested in the relationship and demonstrate to us that they value the relationship,” the project manager stated.

SOLUTION
VEAPS’ engineers designed, developed and implemented a radiofrequency driven automation controls system from the ground up, and also updated and relocated the client’s UPT line. Within a short window of just two weeks, VEAPS’ team migrated and upgraded 22 trollies. To ensure the safety of employees working the line, VEAPS’ integration measures including multi-circuit safety relays and laser scanners.

RESULTS
Through thorough planning and diligent execution, VEAPS completed the project on time, ensuring the plant could get back up and running as quickly as possible. The plant now faces far less downtime due to a more flexible, robust and stable system. Although competition for projects with this manufacturer is intense, VEAPS has already been awarded another job to automate a new engine assembly line based on the quality of their work and attention to the customer relationship.

“VEAPS did an outstanding job in a very short period of time,” the project manager stated. “The controls ensure the line operates as it should and the output is reliably consistent. What really differentiates VEAPS, other than their expertise, is the project management aspect. They are timely, responsive and keep me informed. I know they’ll do what they say they’re going to do and take care of all the details.”