ACS uses a Motoman robotic water jet to trim every inner hood panel. A 50 000 psi ultra thin water jet cuts trough every panel with great precision. This warrants a perfect vehicle fit. The inner panel mounting holes and latch location are predetermined by the robot. Cut outs are also performed on the inner panel to reduce weight and insure the hood’s foldability in the event of a frontal collision.
A model specific holding fixture is in house designed. Once the panels are trimmed and dried they proceed to the bonding department where another Motoman robot applies the required adhesive.
A few advantages of water jet cutting are
– Consistency and repeatabiliy
– Ability to cut true squares
– Smooth edge
– No part / tool contact
– Dust free environment