Source: Fras-le announcement
CAXIAS do SUL, Brazil – Advancing its actions towards a more connected and intelligent production process, Fras-le, one of Randon Companies, a global leader in friction materials and components for brake systems, is investing in the application of a new autonomous product transportation system – using AGVs – automatic guided vehicles) in its manufacturing units.
This week, the company inaugurated the new robotic area of the headquarters, located in Caxias do Sul (RS), with the operation of four autonomous vehicles, also known as AGVs.
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Applied for the internal transit of parts between the production lines and the processing of friction products, the equipment allows a safer and more efficient movement of the components, reducing risks for the professionals involved and increasing productivity.
“With this initiative, we have consolidated our continuous journey to modernize processes, investing more and more in intelligent and connected systems, with automation and robotization,” said Fras-le’s Friction Business director, Anderson Pontalti. “The characteristics of the manufacturing process of our products require that the investments are even more lasting, guaranteeing the production of parts with high quality and safety.”
The installation project for this first set of AGVs was developed during the last year and will be completed by May 2021, with an investment of approximately R $ 3 million. In the past four years, Fras-le has already incorporated more than 15 robotic processes in various areas of its plants.
Fras-le is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of friction material and an important supplier of auto parts, serving the assemblers and replacement segments. The company develops, produces and markets products for automobiles, motorcycles, heavy vehicles, aviation, as well as for the railway and industrial lines.
It is the unit of Randon Companies with the largest presence outside Brazil, with units in the United States, China, Argentina, Uruguay and India. In all, it has nine industrial plants, five distribution centers, six sales offices and a team trained to serve customers in more than 120 countries on five continents, offering more than 14,000 references in auto parts solutions.