Exhaust System Forming Machines and Tooling
Automotive Manufacturing Solutions | Automated Assembly Lines
LPR Global is the largest North American consortium of South Korean manufacturers engaged in building customized machines and assembly lines for automotive parts production. We provide a full line of Muffler Manufacturing Machines including Muffler Jacket Seaming, Double Flanging, Baffle Inserting, Ridge Locking and Double Seaming. Machines are automated and can easily be switched to manual operation from the PLC control panel. We offer customized designs to best suit our clients’ various muffler sizes, materials and cycle times. LPR’s machines are used by global auto parts manufacturers who supply exhaust systems and ride control systems to car manufacturers.
All our equipment meets stringent health, safety and quality standards for the automotive industry in USA and Europe. Customer requirements for critical components, PLC programming and remote monitoring are always accommodated. In partnership with our manufacturers and local system integrators, we provide complete end-to-end solutions including design and installation of complete auto parts manufacturing or automotive assembly lines.
Watch the Automotive Assembly Lines Video to see our machines in operation.
Muffler Lock Seaming, Ridge Locking and Jacket Stuffing Machines
Automated Shell Feeding
The Automated Shell Feeding station consists of a sheet stocking magazine, a moving conveyor for inner and outer shells, vacuum pads and holders for sheet lifting, and rolls to prevent sheet curving. It also has a foolproof system to check sheet thickness in case two sheets are accidentally loaded.
The operator can choose between one or two sheet shells and from a variety of feeding programs depending on the muffler model in the Panel View. Feeding conditions are automatically adjusted once a muffler model is selected.
Sheet Feeding Station
Sheet Feeding Station Layout
Lock Seaming Machinery | Exhaust Fabrication Machines
Lock Seaming Machines use advanced roll forming technology with rollers for seaming and mandrel carriages for shaping. Components include an automatic feeder, mandrel carriage sets, forming roller sets, an unloading unit, and a mandrel stocking unit for changing the mandrel model. When the user changes the muffler model, the machine automatically adjusts the positions of the rollers and blades and the speed of the roller carriages. All tool sets are designed and manufactured in-house, allowing the user to make quick mandrel changes. We can also make tools for third party bending machines.
The machine is equipped with several safety measures and advanced features for superior quality control. To prevent collisions with press bars, it comes with a mechanism to limit forming cylinder strokes. To control mandrel movement during lock seaming, it has sheet lifting dies which move the sheet up and down along the mandrel, and a hydraulic unit which controls the tube’s outer diameter. This produces extremely precise tube shapes. A servo motor controls the roller carriage speed. If an incorrect sheet is fed for a muffler model, the built-in auto feed stopper will prevent any errors. Two types of pressure rollers are included to produce secure seams, and an eccentric shaft helps to balance the pressure.
Lock Seaming Machine with Rollers
Lock Seaming Machine Layout
Double Flanging Machine for Exhaust Muffler Jackets
The Double Flange Machine contains two frames for easy maintenance and quick tool changeover. The lower frame is for the main flange and the upper frame is for right and left flange tooling. It also comes with an automatic transfer system that has a reduced pitch length to improve efficiency in loading and unloading.
In a manual double flange machine, the operator must adjust the left and right screws to match the jacket lengths of different muffler models. Our automated machine, with hydraulic brakes to keep screws fastened, can automatically adjust the length of the machine for each muffler model.
Double Flange Machine
Muffler Jacket Setting
Double Flange Tooling
Muffler Jacket Stuffing Machine | Exhaust System Manufacturing
The Muffler Jacket Stuffing Machine is available as a separate machine or as part of an automated assembly line. Location information is obtained from Z coordinates and numerically controlled by a servo motor. The attached load cell measures the inserting force to a high degree of accuracy.
The machine can be customized to include both stuffing and spot welding functions. With two servo control systems, it can read X and Y coordinates to have precise control over the insertion location. Jig tooling is included to minimize tool changeover time and allow the user to produce various muffler models.
Horizontal Insertion & Spot Welding Machine
Muffler Baffle Inserting Station
Double Seaming Machinery | Exhaust Pipe Production
The Double Seaming Machine uses spinning seaming rolls to join the muffler jacket and end caps together. Designed with servo motor technology, it has the ability to automatically change setting positions based on the muffler model. As a security feature during the model change, it comes equipped with a position brake. The built-in high energy efficiency pump motor reduces power consumption during the roll-seaming process. Tool motors are installed on the right and left sides for simultaneous operation.
Double Seaming Machine for Muffler Jackets and End Caps
Seaming Arm Head
Double Seaming Machine
Ridge Lock Machinery
The ridge locking machine has a vertical design to save floor space and facilitate tool changing for the jig when the operator needs to change the muffler model. This machine allows the user to customize the amount of ridge locking required based on different muffler models and sheet thickness. Our in-house produced ridge locking tools, jigs and fixtures are included with the machine.
Jig and Fixture Loaded Ridge Locking Tool
Baffle Loading Jig
Ridge Locking Machine (Two Head) and Tools
Automotive Parts Welding and Assembly Lines
Exhaust System, Bumper & Door Frame Assembly
We provide a complete product suite of fully automated manufacturing equipment and assembly lines for exhaust systems, door and bumper frames, body-in-white, and cowl cross bars. Each of our consortium suppliers, who provide equipment, welding assembly and sub-assembly lines, is ISO and TS certified. Unlike other assembly line system integrators, we also design and manufacture auto feeders, tools, jigs and stacking systems in-house in order to maintain quality and shorten delivery times. When we quote on your projects, our manufacturing lead time is guaranteed.
We are experts in designing compact assembly systems required to produce many different types of models in the same line. We have engineering offices in Korea and Germany as well as strong partnerships with local system integrators and engineering firms. This allows us to meet global standards while providing competitive prices and prompt after-sales support.
Muffler Assembly | Sub-Assembly | Exhaust System Production Lines
The main muffler assembly line, which contains loading, welding, leak testing, unloading and stacking functions, is used for muffler pipes and jacket resonators. The sub-assembly forming line produces muffler tubes, and consists of jacket sheet feeding, lock seaming, double flanging, ridge locking, double seaming and leak testing. The fabricated parts then go through a sub-assembly welding or jacket ridge locking process.
The main line can produce 34 complete mufflers in one hour without an operator. It is equipped with a robotic CO2 welding station to weld muffler pipes and jacket resonators, including two jig lines, two leak testing jig lines and three robot arm units. It also comes with a leak tester to inspect the finished products. Sub-assembled parts go to the welding jig lines, where a jig-loaded sub-frame positions the parts while a robot performs 360-degree welding. Both sub-assembly and assembly lines are designed to work with different tool sets and allow fast tool changing.
Visit the Metal Forming Machines page for information on muffler shell making equipment, including tube cutting and pipe end forming machines.
Muffler Assembly Line with Robot Arm
Door Frame and Bumper Assembly Line
The Door Frame and Bumper Assembly Line consists of main assembly and sub-assembly lines, with the sub-assembly line catering to both front and rear door models. All welding processes are performed using CO2 and spot welding with robot arms. Each welding station is equipped with tool tables or quick changing jigs in order to produce different models within a demanding cycle time and with reduced capital investment.
Visit the Roll Forming & Stretch Bending Machines page for more information on our roll forming, rotary bending, and stretch bending lines.
Door Frame Assembly Line Layout
Bumper Beam Sub-Assembly Welding Station for Smart Cruise Control and Brackets
Cowl Cross Bar Assembly | Automotive Body Structure Manufacturing
The Cowl Cross Bar Assembly line includes a welding station and a sub-assembly station for piercing. The main assembly process is divided based on cowl shape, welding segment and cycle time. Once the drilling machine pierces the main pipe using a single or multi-drill jig, the pipe is welded to the sub-assembled part.
After the main assembly welding process, the operator can check the welding quality and fix any areas that require manual work. The final station contains a vision system which inspects the finished product and checks the distance between the side pins and each piece of hardware.
The Cowl Cross Bar Assembly line is designed for clients with limited floor space – robots, welding controllers and electric panels are mounted on top of the frame and easily accessed through a catwalk.
Cowl Cross Bar Assembly Line
Customized Tools and Dies | Automotive Parts Manufacturing
Reduced Downtime | Quick Changeover | Precision Tools
We provide customized tooling and pre-assembled jigs that reduce tool changing downtime and increase cycle time and machine versatility with minimum capital investment. Our manufacturing sites are ISO and TS certified and comply with international health and safety standards.
Our customized tools are designed to work with third party metal forming machines including cutting, chamfering, CNC pipe bending and muffler making machines from Chiyoda, YLM, Opton and Addison McKee. We also provide rotating tool tables loaded with several jigs for clients in the automotive industry who need to quickly change tools and jigs to assemble different models of automotive parts including exhaust systems, door frames, bumper frames, body-in-white and cowl cross bars.
Our tailor-made metal forming tooling solutions are used by global Tier 1 and Tier 2 companies in various industries including the automotive industry.
Pipe and Tube Bending Machine Tools
After a decade of experience as a tool and metal forming machine provider, we are familiar with most of our clients’ product metal sheet and tube materials. The superior quality of our tools results from a solid understanding of metallurgy, metal reactions to heat and tensile strength under stress, coating methods and materials, and mechanical design. In addition, we have state-of-the-art inspection and design facilities with skilled in-house engineers that can always guarantee short lead times. This knowledge and expertise help us produce long-lasting tools that create precise shapes for automotive parts production.
Customized Tube Bending Tools | Chuck, Pressure Die, Roller, Roller Clamp and Clamp
Pipe Bending Tools
End Forming Tools |Tube and Pipe Fabrication
We offer end forming tooling that is ideal for pipe and tube end fabrications that require end finishes of expanding, swaging, reducing, notching and curling. These tooling solutions are used by Tier 1 or Tier 2 automotive part manufacturers that supply exhaust systems and cowl cross main pipes to car makers. Tools are compatible with standard third-party end forming machines including Matsumura and Caillau. We also provide customized tooling solutions to precisely match complex end forming machine configurations.
Standard End Forming Machine and Tools for Pipes and Tubes
End Forming Tools | Expanding, Reducing, Notching
Optional End Forming Tools for our Standard End Forming Machines
Curved and Straight Expanding Tools | Matsumara End Forming Machine
Double End Forming Tools for Tubes and Pipes
ID/OD Tooling for Caillau End Forming Machine
Tube Bulging Tooling with one clamp and two punches
Tool Turntables | Multiple Jigs
The Multi Jig Tool Turntables are designed for minimum tool change downtime and easy tool change with minimal capital investment. The pictures below illustrate our past tooling projects for automotive part assembly stations of exhaust systems, cowl cross bars, front frames and bumper frames. Please contact us for more tooling project information.
Tool Turntable for Robotic Welding loaded with multiple jigs
CO2 Welding Station with Jigs for Automotive Parts
Rear Door Frame Welding Jig
Automotive Parts & Contract Manufacturing
Engine Components Manufacturer
Depending on the component, the entire manufacturing process of our forged or cast engine components are performed entirely in-house from the initial low-pressure die casting or sand casting to machining, heat treating, and final 3D coordinate measuring. We manufacture cylinder heads, camshafts, crankshafts, and connecting rods for small displacement gasoline engines used in turbocharged or electric-hybrid configurations to large diesel engines.
To learn more about our automotive engine components, please visit: Automotive Engine Components
Automotive Parts Testing and Inspection Systems
Auto Parts Testing Systems | Durability Testing | Performance Testing
We supply a range of testing systems to assess durability, fatigue, and life-cycle performance life testers for a wide variety of automotive parts. Solutions include shock absorber performance testing, U-joint fatigue testing, and ball joint durability testing. Available as hydraulic servo and AC servo systems, our testers can replicate real-life operating conditions as well as extreme environments and accelerated stress testing situations to acquire critical data for design validation, product development, innovation, and competitor benchmarking.
Learn more about our parts durability and performance testers here.
Automotive Part Inspection and Measurement Systems
Depending on the part and application, some of the technologies that go into our automotive parts inspection and measurement systems may incorporate vision systems, eddy current systems, ultrasonic testing, and acoustic resonance testers. Our past project experience include developing inspection systems for camshafts, crankshafts, cylinder heads, engine blocks, brake calipers, and brake rotors.
Learn more about our parts inspection and measurement systems here.