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Flexiv’s Rizon 4 Robot Used for Automated Car Seat Ironing

The seating iron features AI visual detection for quality assurance.

Flexiv’s Automotive Seating Ironing Solution with Rizon 4.
Flexiv’s Automotive Seating Ironing Solution with Rizon 4.
Flexiv Robotics

Flexiv recently completed the installation of an automated ironing system for car seat manufacturing.

This latest use of the Rizon 4 robot represents a step forward in the creation of luxury car seats, as it enables throughput rate to be sped up without compromising output quality.

Equipped with a custom end-of-arm bracket for mounting a standard high-pressure steam iron, the Rizon 4 uses its advanced force control capacity to accurately emulate the movement and pressure trained experts utilize to remove wrinkles and ensure correct material placement.

Able to adapt seamlessly to the various shapes and contours of the seat while simultaneously applying consistent and precise pressure, Flexiv’s ironing solution maximizes output quality and consistency, which were key performance indicators for the client.

Flexiv’s new solution addresses essential health and safety concerns by removing workers from the dangers of burns and exposure to high-pressure steam. By automating the ironing process, Flexiv has enabled staff to shift to safer, more rewarding tasks that genuinely benefit from a human touch.

The Rizon 4 robot additionally utilizes:

  • Seven degrees of freedom.
  • An ultra-responsive 5000Hz joint force control servo.
  • A 1000Hz arm coordination algorithm.

Any future seat design, regardless of design complexity, can be incorporated into the automated ironing process.

Further enhancements, including AI visual detection for quality assurance and monitoring purposes, are currently in development.

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