Automotive Engine Assembly

The Problem

Engines, among other power generation components, are typically assembled in an automotive powertrain facility. The various components of the engine, such as the engine blocks, cylinder heads and crankshafts, undergo a series of machining processes including; cutting, milling, drilling, boring, honing and reaming, before they can be assembled to form the finished product. The crank, block and head line is completely enclosed as access is rarely need but maintenance staff occasionally need to gain access to various points on the line for repairs and routine maintenance. Therefore, such machinery is interlocked to ensure that maintenance personnel can only enter the required section once all machinery within that specific area is isolated and has come to rest.