Brock Solutions' Automotive Industry Automation Solutions Overview
Over the past several years automotive manufacturing is experiencing a resurgence following challenging market times. Automotive manufacturers at all tiers are striving to streamline operations, improve manufacturing efficiency, ramp up and adapt for future growth with flexible manufacturing, while continually striving to produce vehicles of the highest quality.
Manufacturing operations continue to adjust to the new market conditions and are striving to consolidate key suppliers. Manufacturing is looking to upgrade existing equipment and automation, apply new technology in key processes, purchase new equipment, and continue to drive efficiency and quality in operations.
We Understand This
Our customers look to Brock to help them transform their real-time operations to drive production efficiency, improve quality, and implement best-practice standards to ensure consistency across lines, departments, and facilities. Brock is involved up-front to help answer questions around “Do I need to upgrade my automation landscape?” and “How do I go about implementing the project to ensure zero-downtime?” From this upfront consultant and guidance role Brock moves to defining the functional requirements, design, testing, implementation, and sustainment. Brock delivers solutions in the automation technology space from shop floor to the top floor ERP systems against a backdrop of continuous improvement and project management methodology. We cover the landscape of automotive operations from tier 1 and 2 manufacturing, working with OEM on supply of major equipment such as press lines, through to the main automotive suppliers and assembly.
Brock has implemented solutions in many facets of the automotive manufacturing environment including:
- Metal Fabrication (Stamping press lines)
- Body Shop/Paint Shop
- Components (gas tanks, assemblies, die-cast)
- Material Transfer
- Automatic Storage & Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)
- Manufacturing Execution Systems
For our clients this means that we understand their business, operations, safety requirements, continual drive to reduce costs and manufacturing time while maintaining high quality levels. Our mission is to work with our customers to provide guidance, challenge status-quo assumptions, and ensure that what we deliver is driving real business value.
What Makes Us Different
We are one of the few companies that can claim full integration capabilities in the real-time space. Our 400 engineering professionals deliver panel fabrication, automation, MES, manufacturing IT and project management services as a holistic package. We are not a controls company dabbling in MES, or an MES company dabbling in controls – this is our business and has been for 25+ years. We have the size and scale to implement projects and programs. We have the flexibility to supplement engineering teams through to turnkey implementation of large fixed-price, fixed-scope projects, and the project management methodology to cover multi-party coordination and installation management.
Brock Solutions understands the costs and impact of time spent commissioning and optimizing equipment on the production floor. Brock’s standard methodology places I/O emulation and simulation as a cornerstone piece to ensure complete testing to the controls and automation system prior to installation, and allow our customers to ‘test drive’ the system during our Factory Acceptance Test and train operators on the bench. This significantly reduces the start-up time on site compared to traditional project approaches.