The Automotive Industry
Automotive manufacturing is part of Torrington’s DNA. Our team keeps pushing the boundaries of innovation to create new and exciting products.
The latest breakthough being a whole new technology, unique to Torrington: Push Pull forming. This specialized process enables our clients to replace obsolete welded assemblies by single-piece components while improving on the precision. The process is especially well-suited for high volume components like steering columns and power transmission shafts. Push Pull production lines can easily meet CpKs of 3 and above.
In addition, swaging and end-forming have experienced a signficant uptick in recent years with applications like aluminum components of auxiliary systems (heat exchangers, brake line systems, etc.)
Realisation Both Ends Swaging Production Cell
This fully automatic production cell contains two 211 standard Torrington rotary swagers facing opposite directions. The magazine automatically loads a part in the first swaging station to form the 1st end. The part is then autonomously transferred to the next stage for the second reduction by a transfer station.
This cell’s capacity is set at 450 fully finished parts per hour. It’s entirely customized to the client’s needs and runs on a pneumatic system for easier, low cost maintenance.
Realisation Variable Lengths Mandrel Swaging
This machine is once again designed to be fully automated to meet the industry’s high volume needs. This equipment was designed to swage different lengths and diameters of aluminum tubes over a mandrel for an automotive brake line assembly.
The magazine can support multiple parts length (up to 19″ as in the video) and diameters. Again, the whole systems runs on electric and pneumatic power, making it easy to maintain and environmentally friendly
Realisation Heat Exchanger Assembly
The following video shows a semi-automatic system designed to swage the key component in a heat exchanger assembly.
The particularity of this setup is that it serves 2 purposes:
- the first is to swage one end of the tube
- the second, and more complex, is to autonomously complete the assembly of the tube by swaging one component over the other
The system uses a specially designed set of telecospic pneumatics cylinder and application-specific programming to achieve its goals.