When people think of an assembly plant, this is the picture they have in their mind – the body shop, also known as body-in-white (BIW), entails a complex mix of mostly automated welding, fastening, and bonding applications to assemble the frame of the vehicle. Not only is precision paramount in frame assembly, but so is surface cleanliness prior to paint.
3M’s automotive manufacturing solutions can help in both automated and manual body shop applications like laser brazing, weld finishing and cleaning, deburring and many other jobs ensuring metal and composite materials are cleaned, conditioned and ready for the paint shop.
1. Component Assembly
Welding and joining of metal parts to create auto components
2. Body Assembly
Known as Body in White (BIW) this is the stage where the vehicle frame is joined together before paint and any assemblies or trims are installed
3. Weld Cleaning
Meant to remove weld residue and burrs to avoid contamination issues down process
4. Weld Finishing
Provides a smooth paintable weld surface
In this step, body panels are brazed together with silicon bronze —rather than welded — then blended to create a uniform surface segment and finished with an abrasive wheel to smooth the surface.
Designed to blend and finish imperfections left by laser brazing during automotive production. It combines Scotch-Brite™ non-woven material with 3M™ Precision Shaped Grain for faster cutting action and greater durability on Silicon Bronze and other metals.
This important process step involves refining the finish of the bare metal in preparation for paint. Using the right abrasive and tool combination helps ensure a pristine paint job and less rework down the line.
Lightweight and rugged, designed with a high power-to-weight ratio to help you get more work done in less time – and with less strain. 3M™ Gripping Material and a 97-degree angle head allow more comfort and control. Great for grinding, blending, weld leveling and metal prep.
Engineered with medium pressure industrial applications in mind, using 3M Precision-Shaped Grain, which cuts exceptionally fast and self-sharpens during grinding. This high-performing belt contains a ceramic and aluminum oxide blend that delivers cost-effective performance on medium-pressure applications, where a full ceramic belt may be underutilized.