Ford’s transfer upgrades are not limited to Flat Rock. The company’s Buffalo stamping plant recently has gone through a press-controls upgrade—replacing 20 to 25-year-old control technology—across eight presses, with one also receiving a Linear ETF. Ford opted to maintain its current press-control setup at Flat Rock, as those systems are much newer, according to Sparkes.

The press line at Buffalo boasting the new ETF runs new aluminum-part dies for the F-150.

The Ford Hermosillo stamping and assembly plant in Mexico also is undergoing a transfer retrofit on two presses, with similar production improvements expected. MF

Industry-Related Terms: Cam, Lines, Stroke, Transfer
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See also: Komatsu America Industries, LLC Press Technology Division, Linear Transfer Automation Inc.

Technologies: Pressroom Automation, Stamping Presses


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