Joining and pull test

Joining and pull test

Joining is one of the core processes in axle assembly. Whether drive shafts need to be tightened or bearings need to be joined, process know-how is key. AuE has the expertise to design spindles and counter bearings and integrate them into the overall process. The design variants reach from in-line joining units as a manual work station in assembly lines to stationary systems. Many joining units are complemented with pull test devices.

Typical joining tasks:

  • Joints 
  • Axial bearings  
  • Drive shafts 
  • Rubber bearings 

When axles and axle components are mounted, overlapping parts are also joined with defined force-distance paths. The range of requirements is broad, the degree of automation depends on the application and, naturally, on economic viability. 

AuE Kassel has implemented the following joining systems (non-exhaustive list):

  • Fully automatic robot cells: Pressing in subframe mounts and ball joints in auxiliary frames.
  • Manual stations integrated into the assembly process: Pulling in drive shafts with suspended spindles
  • Stationary offline-joining units: decoupled buffers for a continuous supply to the main assembly line

For optimal solutions, AuE Kassel resorts to tried and tested example component groups. The right joining programme is automatically selected and started, the joining parameters (force-distance path) are monitored and documented. On request, pull test systems can also be integrated (e.g. to join drive shafts).

 

 


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