When Wild Springs & Wireforms won the contract to manufacture the frame supporting the rear seat cushion in the latest Astra saloon cars, Vauxhall specified that the wire frame should be MIG welded rather than spot welded. Full volume production quantities of over 4,000 per week for delivery to the foaming plant, dictated the use of robotic welding at Wild’s Redditch factory.
The company chose YASKAWA to supply a twin robot MIG welding cell and an electrically
powered rotary table. Wild Springs had used spot welding cells from YASKAWA since
the 1980s. According to Tim Clews, project manager at the Redditch factory, the ongoing
reliability of these early cells and the good service back-
With the installed arc welding cell the cycle time is one minute, around 25 per cent less than for an equivalent spot welding cycle.
Wild Springs & Wireforms
MOTOMAN EA1400N twin welding robots
Electrically driven rotary table
Cell enclosure with common base fabrication
Reduction in cycle time: 25%
YASKAWA UK Ltd