Case Studies

Ford’s Dearborn Stamping Plant


  • The VCS (Vertical Conveyance System) is based upon Master’s unique tray type system.
  • Services the Schuler high-speed press with an approximate maximum speed of 900 hits per hour.
  • Conveys up to 3600 parts per hour (when the press is finishing 4 parts per hit).
  • Each system is approximately 120′ long x 20′ wide x 27′ tall
  • Tray size 168″ x 74″, with max loaded tray weight of 10,000lbs.
  • Trays exchanged every 6 minutes at each of 3 operator workstations.
  • Workstation tray exchange is under 15 seconds.
  • Conveys from press level (2nd) to plant floor (1st).
  • Automatically uploads and off loads onto a S.G.V. trailer train. 

Importance of Design:

  • Solution for plant environments that handle continuously changing racks of varying shapes, size and condition.
  • Allows product line changes without system modifications.
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