Automated seat testing with robots
The quality testing of automobile seats in series production vehicles follows an extensive procedure that is too complex to be performed manually. Quality assurance by hand and eye would be excessively time-consuming and lacks precision with problems regarding documentation, process reliability and the like. These are a few of the reasons that robots now predominate in this area.
Automobile manufacturers leave nothing to chance when it comes to vehicle seats because they know this particular part determines not only the comfort of the passengers but also their safety. The seat is also the connection between driver and vehicle and must satisfy a number of criteria.
Automotive manufacturers around the world have now developed their own sequence of tests to ensure the quality of vehicle seats. Meanwhile, robot solutions have proven their worth in various applications.
A precise six-axis robot for precise measurements
The measurement experts at Battenberg Robotic GmbH in Marburg have been specializing in sophisticated quality assurance tasks on behalf of the automotive industry for many years now. In the field of seat testing, Battenberg has the right solution for every conceivable requirement. Typical tasks include headrest height adjustment, manual seat height adjustment, easy-entry tests for backrest, forward/backward movement, determining the amount of give in the upholstery, checking the distance from head to restraint, entry and exit simulations. It also includes determining the so-called H-point used within the Volkswagen Group to check the correct seating position of the driver within the vehicle.
Battenberg favors the high-precision robots from Stäubli for the relevant automated procedures. More and more applications call for the use of TX six-axis robots equipped with a three-ax