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ATS Inspect, a suite of applications designed to reduce the various costs involved in manufacturing, has proven beneficial in a number of automotive applications, including painting heavy trucks, trimming engines, assembling vehicles and manufacturing seats.

Designed to work in unison with a company’s existing systems, ATS Inspect is designed to improve quality by managing the collecting, analysing and reporting of defect and variable related data.

Detailed below are four case studies from the automotive industry in which ATS Inspect was shown to solve problems and benefit business.

Case studies

Heavy Trucks painting

  • Previous situation — a heavy truck client invested in ATS Inspect and related hardware with less than $200,000
  • With Inspect — it saved $1m in the first year

Engine trimming

  • Previous situation — a heavy truck client was dissatisfied with its rate of defects in its engine trim area
  • With Inspect — defects per unit dropped by almost 60 per cent, savings paid for the project in around six months and the company added 17 more stations the next year

Vehicles assembly

  • Previous situation — the predelivery area of a Ford assembly plant was receiving vehicles from the paint area with a rate of 45 repairs per 1,000 units; paint spillout area recorded 2,000 repairs per 1,000 units
  • With Inspect — rate of defective units is 10–15 per 1,000 units; paint spillout area reports 1,200 repairs per 1,000 units; paint warranty could be reduced by $200,000 a year

Tier one seats supplier

  • Previous situation — a tier-one supplier of vehicle seats initially invested slightly more than $100,000 in Inspect
  • With Inspect — charge backs from Ford, for misbuilt or wrong seats, have been reduced by more than $30,000 per month

ATS is the independent solution provider for industrial, process and information technology users world-wide. We provide products and services for all three levels of the automation pyramid: control, execution and information.  

ATS is an innovative, strategic knowledge partner offering numerous areas of expertise such as:  

  • Control technologies
  • SCADA/HMI
  • Programming languages
  • Communication and networks
  • Databases
  • Manufacturing execution systems
  • Non contact and contact dimensional measurement systems
  • Data collection systems for both variable and attribute data  

Since foundation in 1986, we have developed these business activities, specifically designed to support the full lifecycle of automation, quality and IT systems:  

ATS software development

ATS’s professional knowledge of industrial and process automation is easily spotted amongst our software developers. If standard solutions are not right for your project then it’s time to ask our software developers to “fill the gap”. As well as custom made solutions we develop ATS software products. In both cases we use high level programming languages and embedded software.  

ATS products

ATS Products brings together a range of ATS and third party partner products emphasising our expertise in communication & networks and total solutions. We have been distributing first class hardware and software products world-wide since 1986.  

ATS measurement systems

ATS, in conjunction with ASI DataMyte, design, manufacture and assemble contact and non contact measurement systems for the manufacturing industry. Our team of highly qualified design and integration engineers work with our customers to provide turnkey measurement solutions using either inductive transducers or, camera & laser-driven systems where non contact measurement is required.  

ATS data collection systems

ATS has a wealth of experience with its attribute/visual data collection systems. Our ATS Inspect Software is revolutionary in its application whereby defects can visually tracked with a view to eradication. Our SPC Software solutions are varied with both flat-file based and full SQL Server databases supported. Our experience and products are used extensively throughout all industrial sectors adhering to the TS16949 and 21CFR Part 11 rules.  

ATS projects

ATS delivers projects from system design to full implementation, roll-out (globally if required) and final user acceptance with flexible training packages and 24/7 service level agreements. ATS frequently works closely with customers as a strategic partner and preferred supplier. Standardised project methodologies lead to efficient, repeatable implementations locally or globally.  

ATS training

We offer standard training and custom made courses for maintenance, engineering or information management. Our courses are designed especially for your industry, making use of our professional training facilities. Our qualified trainers all have practical, professional experience and know-how to apply theoretical knowledge in practice. Training can be given on-site, regionally or in one of our training centres. ATS issues officially recognised diplomas and training vouchers.  

ATS consulting

ATS consulting specialises in advising automation strategies. ATS Consultants share industry best practices, lean manufacturing thinking and pragmatic experience with customers to optimise production and business processes. Technology, supplier and product independency combined with a focus on our customer needs leads to optimal system design and product advice.  

ATS on-site support

Providing knowledge and extra capacity to companies for short and long term projects, as a strategic partner both locally and globally. The work place is your choice. Our professional engineers can work at your company, at one of our development centres or on-site for commissioning projects.  

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