Toyota Motor North America ordered to international technology group ANDRITZ three jointly developed SOUTRAC II Tailor-Welded Blank (TWB) laser welding systems to be installed in its North American manufacturing plants.
The world’s most advanced TWB laser welding systems are specifically suitable for curved applications. The processing head it contains has been exclusively developed for TMNA and makes the system capable of laser-welding small radii and polynomial seams. The well-proven TWB applications implemented will strongly support Toyota’s New Global Architecture, also known as TNGA. The SOUTRAC II fully automated production system will also be capable of integrating Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) that will connect plant logistics systems with warehouse and production equipment.
ANDRITZ Soutec, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has developed the new and specific process head in close cooperation with TMNA. The new high-tech core piece incorporates 15 axes in combination with a welding shuttle concept and will be implemented in the new generation of the SOUTRAC II welding system.
After the successful installation of a Soutec SOUSPEED high-speed TWB system in a Toyota North American facility in 2019, the partnership by ANDRITZ Soutec and Toyota has now reached a new level of collaboration as the parties support one another with the exchange of advanced technologies.