ICE Goes South of the Border

June 2007

Working together with Steelmaster Transfer, Inc. of Oxford, Michigan, ICE was selected to provide complete controls packages for six new assembly lines for the General Motors plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.  These assembly lines will be producing gears used primarily in the new front wheel drive 6-Speed and Hybrid transmissions.  Of these six new lines, three are dedicated for Pinion Gears, two for Sun Gears, and one for Reaction Gears.  However, ICE is responsible for designing each line to be capable of running multiple part types via on-screen part type selection, proper changeover procedure, and verification of associated machine compliance.

ICE is providing a complete turnkey controls solution to bring each of the six lines to life which includes the design of the electrical and pneumatic schematics, panel fabrication per customer specifications and regulations, the interface of all corresponding machinery, HMI touchscreen development, all plc programming necessary to bring it all together, and onsite start-up / debug support to complete equipment runoff.  All HMI operator interface screens are being developed as bi-lingual giving the operator the option of selecting English or Mexican-Spanish as the default language via a custom pushbutton designed into the screens.
We are more than halfway through the project now as we have already shipped the controls equipment necessary for the three Pinion Gear Lines, completed the design for the remaining three lines, and are in production of the Sun Gear Lines with only the Reaction to follow.  With the success held throughout this project thus far, there is a good possibility for procuring more work with GM in both the Ramos Arizpe and San Luis Potosi Plants as ICE is currently working with Steel Master Transfer, Inc. to actively quote several more lines being slated for the upcoming year.

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