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Case Study: 345 & Hybrid Tank Line
Move Location: TI Automotive, Deeside

Project Description: In July 2011 MCS Control Systems were contracted by TI Automotive to assist with PLC & HMI software modifications on Line 6 which manufactures and assembles fuel tanks for Toyota. The client wished to move all Toyota production onto Line 6 to free the currently used Line 7 for future work. Line 6 machinery includes Blow Moulding, Water Bath, Ageing , Cut and Weld, Pump Install & Test and Leak Test

Approach: MCS had worked previously with TI Automotive installing Data Traceability Systems on Line 6 and Line 7. We had also worked with TI on the introduction of a new model tank on line 6 in 2009. The 345 tank was previously manufactured on Line 7 but the Hybrid Tank is a new tank ready to launch late 2011. For this project MCS had to consider and implement tank “birth barcode” label printing for each variant of tank and Poka Yoke systems to prevent the Operator loading a wrong variant tank on the production run. New parameter sets also had to be implemented in the Pump Install & Test station and the Cut & Weld machine. Rigorous functionality tests were carried out on live jobs to validate the of the system for all existing and new variants.

Results: Working closely with the client the project were installed and commissioned over a 5 day period with no down time and disruption to production.

 


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