The "46th Annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition" took place in Livonia, Michigan in November 2016. Together with the American automotive supplier Magna Exterior Inc. and the automotive manufacturer GM, Jenoptik received the “SPE Automotive Innovation Award” in the category process, assembly and enabling technologies during an official ceremony. The award honours the unique process for robotic laser cutting and welding of class A exterior fascia, which came out top against five other award nominated innovations. As a leading and global automotive supplier, Magna is specialised in innovative products and processes with the best price-performance ratio. Therefore, the previous production technology for producing class A exterior bumpers was replaced by high-tech laser machines from Jenoptik.
The modern laser process, which can also be applied to other plastic exterior and interior components, allows for a higher flexibility in production – in contrast to the previously used punching and ultrasonic welding technology. In order to meet the ever-increasing challenges of the automotive industry in terms of lightweight construction and material saving in the production process, Jenoptik has developed machine concepts specifically for the processing of bumpers. These concepts utilise two technologies which have been successfully introduced into the market by Jenoptik: 3D laser cutting and 3D laser welding. By combining one laser cutting unit and one laser welding unit, Jenoptik offers a high-flexibility solution both for complex processing of bumpers with a very wide range of versions and also for different complex interior and exterior components. Pictures of the JENOPTIK-VOTAN® laser machines are available for download from our picture database at Automotive/Laser Processing Systems.