EBP’s production plant in Olofström is one of Northern Europe’s biggest manufacturers of body panels for the automotive industry, and of sheet metal products for other industries. The production plant provides facilities for pressing, laser cutting, assembly, laser welding, ED-coating and packaging. Our efficient and flexible production system allows us to optimise production runs according to our customers’ needs and the complexity of the product.
Our press line was commissioned as recently as 2005 and is one of the most powerful, efficient and adaptable of its kind in Europe. Efficient and flexible automation is used for assembly. Both our ED-coating and our packaging process are cutting-edge.
At EBP, quality improvement is an ongoing process. Quality control is built into the entire process as documented in our ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001 certifications. In accordance with each customer’s standards, we also carry out regular sampling to check the dimensional precision, curvature, surface finish and durability of the various products.
EBP’s pressing plant is built to meet the market’s growing demand for
sheet metal products. This is why our press line meets very stringent demands in terms of pressing force, precision and capacity. That said, each press is designed so that it can be easily adapted to different tool characteristics. The same applies to the layout of the pressing plant.
Our press line consists of six separate presses with a maximum pressing force of 2,000 tonnes and with press tables up to 5x2.5 metres. The press line is fully automated with robots feeding raw material between each press cycle. The line can be run in anything from one to six pressure cycles, with output at any cycle.
Our systems are fully compatible with all of the most common automation technologies in the industry, such as ABB and KUKA.
We currently use two different hemming techniques: table top hemming and roller hemming. Table top hemming is often replaced by roller hemming in production of decreasing spare parts volumes after EOP, as this provides economic benefits without affecting quality.
Our system for glue and anti-flutter application can handle fixed or robot-mounted nozzles. We use most adhesive types found on the market, in both our Flexible and stand-alone assembly cells, as well as in equipment taken over from the customer.
We use manual as well as robot-mounted and fixed welding units for spot welding.
We have the equipment and expertise to perform MIG welding of both steel and aluminium for automated production in robotic cells. Manual welding is carried out by licensed welders in cases where automated solutions are unsuitable.
We use clinching, self-piercing riveting and conventional riveting for joining aluminium, depending on the process selected by the customer for the product in question.
Cutting of entire body sides (cut parts) in lower volume series takes place manually via nibbling according to the customer´s requirements, while larger volume series are cut automatically in our in-house-manufactured cutter jigs.
EBP is able to supply OEM quality ED-coating on all types of body panels – from the smallest beam to the largest bonnet – in both steel and aluminium. Our large coating baths give us the capacity to coat entire body sides and large production parts for truck cabs,for example.
Our process has 19 different stations for degreasing, zinc-manganese pretreatment, cathodic electroplating, hardening and sealing.
Compared to the conveyor belt solutions often used at ED paint shops, EBP’s carrier systems are more flexible and efficient and provide a top-quality finish.
EBP’s ED-coating is built to exceed environmental requirements both today and tomorrow. That is why the process is designed as a completely closed system. Waste water is treated and reused within the plant. Other substances that are filtered out or precipitated during treatment are disposed of for destruction.
EBP’s surface treatment meets the most stringent quality requirements for corrosion protection and surface finish, including the OEM standards of manufacturers such as:
Vehicle components are bulky and susceptible to knocks. Packaging and transport protection must provide adequate protection while also facilitating logistics to ensure a cost-effective production flow. EBP offers an optimal turnkey solution for the final step in the value chain – delivery.
Body panels supplied for series production require a certain type of packaging. The same body panels require a completely different type of packaging when they are delivered directly to the spare parts warehouse at the brand workshop. EBP’s packaging concept is based on finding the ideal solution for every customer. The right packaging should also be easy to recycle or reuse.
EBP has two 5-axis laser cutting machines with large tables to handle some of the market’s biggest Body in White parts, such as entire body sides and bonnets made of aluminium and steel.