Comau's automation transforms Fiat production in Brazil

Comau's automation excellence at the Stellantis Automotive Plant is driving safety & sustainability for Fiat, as a part of its Industry 4.0 strategy

Automation machinery manufacturer Comau has presented its new automation solutions at the Stellantis Automotive Plant, in a retooling project to produce both Fiat Pulse and the Fiat Fastback, in Brazil. 

Safety and flexibility in car manufacturing 

Comau is headquartered in Torino, Italy and was founded in 1973. The company is a member of motor vehicle manufacturer Stellantis, a global leader in industrial automation products

Fiat is headquartered close by in Turin, but was founded back in 1899 and is known for its brightly coloured cars, which fit well in Brazil. 

While safety and flexibility remain as the top two pillars of Comau’s project, the manufacturing team has listened to customer requests, by integrating 74 automatic stations and ten manual ones with: 

  • Vision systems
  • Digital applications 
  • Turn-key equipment

Strong attention has been paid to the underbody and sides, especially regarding geometry precision and welding accuracy.

Sustainable automation at Comau

Comau’s Laerte Scarpitta, Comau Leader for the Americas, said that the company is dedicated to sustainable automation. 

“Comau takes great pride in the manufacturing of solutions that helped launch a new product and increase efficiency and production flexibility for Stellantis South America,” said Scarpitta. “Led by Comau Brazil, with contributions from Comau employees in other countries, the design and retooling project brought together expertise from various engineering disciplines. In addition to addressing automation challenges, we undertook meticulous tasks on a highly productive production line without compromising productivity or daily production. More importantly, Comau Brazil successfully optimised manufacturing processes and utilised the factory’s equipment and platform legacies. This reflects our commitment to achieving more sustainable automation and seamlessly aligning with Stellantis’ production, quality, and safety objectives.”

“Beyond addressing the inherent automation challenges, the Comau team was quick to propose and integrate key technologies to meet our quality and cycle-time objectives,” agreed Glauber Fullana, Manufacturing Vice-president for Stellantis South America. “This project, which is part of our Industry 4.0 strategy, has given us more agility and the flexibility to manufacture different versions and other models on the same lines.


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