January 2014: How it’s Made

KYB-built robots…  that build KYB struts

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clip_image004_003(combined)Hollywood makes robots look almost human, but in real life (at least in the suspension strut assembly world), this is what they actually look like: Each KYB robot in its own room, each one doing a specific job and then passing an assembly operation along to the next.

linedupA bare strut housing goes in and a completely assembled & tested strut comes out at the end. These ultra high-tech assembly lines can turn out a fully-assembled and tested strut every 11seconds. That’s more than 300 in an hour.

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A KYB specialist starts the process by placing an empty strut housing into the waiting arms of the first robot. It will verify mounting hole locations, sizes and knuckle bracket positioning. The next machine will insert the inner working cylinder then a piston shaft assembly, add hydraulic fluid, the upper bushing & oil seal. Another amazing machine will place a vacuum head on top of the assembled tube to gently lift the oil seal away from the shaft, quickly pressurize the tube with Nitrogen gas and then crimp & seal  the top of the tube. Its then passed along to perform a gas reaction & damping control test. If it’s 100% satisfied, then the last robot presses the upper bump cap into place to protect the upper oil seal, puts a label on the outside and it’s ready for shipping.

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It doesn’t get any better than that! Robots designed & built by KYB to ensure consistent quality & performance: One more way that KYB delivers OEA; Original Equipment for the Aftermarket Shocks & Struts.

 

 

 

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