The fully automatic alignment of the track rod within the assembly or at the end of the line reduces ergonomically challenging work on the vehicle that would otherwise have to be done above head level directly on the vehicle.
In many cases, these tasks determine the cycle time, which is why a fully automatic solution impacts the profitability of the entire line. The automatic alignment of the track rod is integrated into the final alignment station (end-of-line). It can be implemented with a hexagon on the track rod or without form fit. Tools that were developed especially for such cases allows for precise alignment.
These track rod alignment machines are frequently used at Ford and Volvo.