We came across an interesting story about the Robot that is dramatically reducing the time for Corvette Z06 fender production.
Plasan USA out of Bennington, Vermont, is responsible for molding the front fenders of the Z06. In the past, they had been using manual trimming methods that took over an hour to produce.
Now with the help of KMT Robotic Solutions from here in Michigan, they are using a robot that uses an abrasive waterjet to trim and drill the fender, dramatically improving the production cycle for the Z06's fenders.
The demolded fender is loaded into a vacuum fixture. Then the robot drills the holes with a titanium-coated carbide drill bit and then changes tools and trims the fender. How much time does it take using the new system? Just 13 minutes, a 75% improvement in time!
Best of all, the entire process and machinery are all managed by an all female staff.