Tsubaki products are used in every single section of the automotive manufacturing process.
A wide variety of automotive parts are used for vehicles and they are processed/assembled in this section. We'll introduce some applications in automotive part manufacturing (engines, doors, etc.).
For lifting and conveyance equipment -- Drive Chains
The ever-evolving RS roller chain and Super Chain, which enables chain downsizing thanks to its large maximum allowable load, are used for drop lifters for lifting parts such as bodies and engines.
This application uses multiple strands of chain and is matched and tagged to minimize deviations in initial chain length and minimize relative differences in total length.
For part conveyance -- Engineering Plastic Roller Double Pitch Chain
Its unique structure combining small and large diameter rollers achieves 2.5 times high-speed conveyance. It also enables low-noise accumulation because chain speed can be reduced.
Snap covers can be attached to prevent parts from falling into the frame. In addition, the Lambda Series greatly improves wear life in environments where lubrication is difficult.
For part conveyance -- Lube-free Small Size Conveyor Chain
This Lambda Chain using special oil impregnated bushes is compatible with most small size conveyor chains. Its performance has been well received since its launch in 1988.
- Features of Lambda Chain
- Longer service life with no lubrication...... Realizes longer service life thanks to its special oil impregnated bushes.
- Compatibility......Compatible with general use small size conveyor chains.
- Operating temperature range......-10°C to 150°C (KF Series: up to 230°C)
- Significantly improves wear life compared to general use small size conveyor chains.
Engine, Transmission, and Component Assembly -- Top Chains, Small Size Conveyor Chains
Free Flow Chains - Top Roller Chain
Top Roller Chain is a free flow chain that features a taller plate on either double pitch or RS roller chain to accommodate freely rotating top rollers. With hardened chrome plating and buffing available for the top rollers, you can select the right chain for your work or working environment.
Free Flow Chains - Outboard Roller Chain
Outboard roller chains are free flow chains that feature extended pins on double pitch or RS roller chains to attach freely rotating outboard rollers.
TS Series Stainless Steel Top Chain
This conveyor chain features plates on top of a double pitch chain. The plates are tempered to increase their wear resistance, and with hardened chrome plating and buffing available for the top rollers, you can select the right chain for your work or working environment.
TO Series Stainless Steel Top Chain
Used for lateral conveyance, it can be used effectively on return sections.
For part conveyance -- Plastic Top Chains / Accumulation Chains
In the part processing/inspection lines, plastic chains and accumulation chains that incorporate rollers on the conveying side are used to prevent scratches on parts.
For carrying workers/tool trolleys -- Plastic Modular Chains
In the part processing/assembly lines, the aim to improve work efficiency by synchronizing operation of conveyors for parts suspended from the ceiling, engines loaded on trolleys, and conveyors for carrying workers/tool trolleys.
Man conveyors using plastic modular chains are used for this synchronized operation. Customers can select the chain width, and low-floor man conveyors can reduce installation time as well.
For part conveyance -- Plastic Modular Chains
Conveyors utilizing plastic modular chains are used to convey automotive parts loaded on trolleys at receiving yards. This "plug and play" conveyor with a low-floor design enables installation without digging a pit and quick equipment refurbishing.
For part processing equipment -- Lift Master
Lift Masters, which feature cantilever lifting and a compact design, are used for lifting at both the intake and feed sides on part processing/assembly lines. They can be installed in narrow spaces, and reducers are mounted on top to make maintenance easy.
Part stocker equipment -- Lift Master
Parts to be mounted on vehicle bodies are managed by pallets for each vehicle. Lift Masters are used on lifters that store the parts for simple stockers, which hold the pallets until it is their turn for assembly.
For tire mounters that attach tires to wheels -- Power Cylinder Linear Actuator
Power cylinders, which have highly precise positioning and require no adjustment, are used for setting the side of the tire to where the tire and wheel will be attached. They are also used in lifting equipment.
For part assembly equipment -- Zip Chain Actuator®
For part assembly equipment --Zip Chain Actuator Parts are lifted from the supply conveyor onto the assembly cart so the workers can use them for assembly. Tsubaki Zip Chain Actuators are used because they can be installed in tight spaces at worker waist level.
Zip chain was uniquely developed by Tsubaki. Two chains lock together like a zipper to form a single, strong column for pushing and pulling applications.
For part hanging devices -- Zip Chain Actuator®
Zip Chain Actuators, which can be installed in narrow spaces, are used on equipment such as gantry loaders to hang parts. They also contribute to cycle time reduction thanks to their high-speed lifting.
For part assembly equipment -- Pin Gear Drive Units
Parts are assembled and mounted on a turntable. Turntables need to save space, so Tsubaki Pin Gear Drive Units are used.
Tsubaki Pin Gear Drive Units are a new drive system that replace gears and racks. Consisting of a pin wheel and rack, and a gear with a unique tooth profile, Pin Gear Drive Units offer limitless design possibilities for rotating and linear drives.