Automotive Interior
Automotive Interior

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The interior of a vehicle of tomorrow will be strongly influenced and changed by the new megatrends in mobility: Electromobility is creating new construction and design freedoms for vehicle interiors. And if autonomous driving becomes prevalent, other uses will open up for the occupants, as there will be no need to steer the car. These new uses would transform the interior into an experience space and could become a distinguishing feature of car manufacturers. New seating concepts are being designed and smart surfaces and innovative cockpit concepts are gradually taking hold.

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No matter how these trends change your production facilities, Balluff supports your future-oriented production with sustainable products. As a long-standing partner of the automotive industry, we offer high-quality sensor, identification and network solutions and software for your plants. In addition, you benefit from our extensive experience, which has been proven in practice in all areas of automotive production. Rely on our expertise to meet the high expectations of your end customers in terms of quality, process reliability and efficiency and to guarantee smooth just-in-time delivery.

Application examples

  • Reliably identify headrests

    Reliably identify headrests

    The solution

    UHF labels are being integrated into the headrests during assembly. This makes it possible to automatically check whether the correct headrest is used for the respective car seat. Our short-range reader BIS VU-320 with a typical reading range of 1 meter is perfectly suited for this purpose. This robust, compact read/write head ensures clear allocation as it does not detect neighboring headrests.

    The UHF reader is equipped with an integrated power-scan function that automatically adapts to the UHF data carrier to be detected. This ensures the optimum configuration in every application, directly on the device at the push of a button and without time-consuming manual parameter setting.

    The features

    • Quick commissioning with auto-setup at the touch of a button
    • Integrated power-scan function for optimum adaptation to the respective identification task
    • Visible function and status LEDs all around
    • Standard cables and accessories can be used
    Reliably identify headrests
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  • Check correct installation of door components

    Check correct installation of door components

    The solution

    Vehicle components such as doors are becoming more elaborately equipped and there are an increasing number of model variants on the market. For example, numerous individual parts such as window regulators, door control units, sensors, interior door handles and door locks have to be installed in a door and placed correctly. Quality controls during the production process of car doors are therefore essential. With our SmartCamera BVS SC, for example, you can automatically check the correct installation of the electronic window regulator in the door module.

    With its simple, software-supported operation, the intuitively operated camera can be quickly integrated into your processes. It not only delivers brilliant images but also has everything on board that makes for ease of use: software, online help, a graphic interface, tool aids, and a manual. In addition, we offer you a large portfolio of accessories such as lenses, lighting and mounting accessories.

    And our camera enables you to transmit only the information necessary for control runs via the process network. All other data is routed to a separate Gigabit Ethernet network. This reduces the data load and secures your process network.

    The features

    • Smart data management to limit the load on the fieldbus
    • Easy setup and intuitive operation, no previous knowledge required
    • Universally applicable software for different cameras
    • Direct visualization and control of production processes through IO-Link interface
    • Fast access possible through integrated web interface (remote access)
    Check correct installation of door components
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  • Easily distinguish colour nuances of textiles

    Easily distinguish colour nuances of textiles

    The solution

    Frequent color changes of seat covers or dashboards are the order of the day in flexible production. It is difficult for the human eye to distinguish small color nuances correctly. This makes our BFS color sensors an important success factor in a production line.

    With these easy-to-use optoelectronic sensors, you can automate and accelerate your processes. Thanks to high color resolution, a wide range of colors and color nuances can be detected. These TrueColor sensors select bad parts or enable correct allocation of the different parts to the end product. In this way, they ensure a consistently high product quality and contribute to a reliable production process.

    The features

    • Very high color resolution
    • High ranges of up to 400 mm due to strong white light sources
    • Distinguish any number of objects (up to 255 can be directly taught-in)
    • Always objective and unerring
    • Can be parameterized application-specific
    • IO-Link variants available for easy parameterization
    Easily distinguish colour nuances of textiles
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  • Enable traceability in seat assembly

    Enable traceability in seat assembly

    The solution

    BIS RFID systems from Balluff are the first choice for making every single work step and every material used in seat assembly traceable. RFID data carriers are attached to the workpiece carrier for this purpose and travel through the entire assembly process with it. The data stored on the data carrier is read by the RFID reader and shows exactly what has happened in each production step. They document the completed steps and also any errors that have occurred, which is why the affected assembly is then sent to the post-processing area.

    In this way, the throughput is recorded and documented in real time, which confirms your high product quality. Reading and writing is automatic, so manual steps and potential sources of error can be eliminated. The stand-alone readers are connected directly to the control level via Profinet or Ethernet/IP interface, without requiring an additional evaluation unit.

    The features

    • Seamless integration into applications through globally available 13.56 MHz technology
    • Robust, compact zinc die-cast housing for direct mounting on metal
    • All around visible status LEDs reduce commissioning and downtimes
    • Simple S7 programming through ready-made function blocks
    • Integrated web server for device setup, status monitoring and diagnostics
    Enable traceability in seat assembly
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  • The flexible and smart condition monitor

    The flexible and smart condition monitor

    The solution

    Unplanned downtimes and disruptions in the production process are annoying and costly. Our new multifunctional condition monitoring sensor BCM supports the efficient and trouble-free operation of your plant. It records physical parameters such as vibration or temperature, processes them, and supplies the desired data via IO-Link to a higher-level system.

    Based on the condition data, errors are detected at an early stage and an alarm is triggered when predefined individual limit values are reached. Limit value monitoring allows you to use the sensor as a monitor so that only relevant data is communicated via the interface. This helps you avoid unnecessary data traffic. Thanks to sensor self-monitoring, the intelligent sensor also always informs you about its temperature, operating hours and start cycles.

    The features

    • Multiple measured variables in one device: vibration, temperature, humidity, ambient pressure
    • Integrated evaluation electronics with configurable data pre-processing
    • Use the data to display events and status
    • Quick to connect and easy to integrate via IO-Link
    • Compact design
    • Limit values for pre- and main alarms can be defined to generate warning messages
    The flexible and smart condition monitor
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