Tire & Wheel Assembly
With the increasing complexity and multiple variations of tire-and-wheel assemblies, car, truck, and SUV OEMs are turning to Comprehensive Logistics (CLI) for tire-and-wheel sub-assembly support. Our tire-and-wheel sub-assembly process employs a highly controlled methodology, pinpoint accuracy, a meticulous error-proofing system, and precisely engineered equipment to meet specific OEM requirements.
We check all these boxes and more, with our completely automated state-of-the-art tire-and-wheel assembly solutions. Building more than 1.1 million tire and wheel assemblies annually, CLI employs assembly technologies, system-driven validations, detailed work instructions, and material management of sourced components from suppliers.
In engineering the optimal flow for a tire-and-wheel sub-assembly operation, CLI designs detailed processes for receiving, storage, picking, assembly, rework, and loading that maximize throughput to meet OEMs’ projected volumes.
To meet customer requirements, we can transfer laced tires from inbound trailers directly onto the conveyor at our synchronous manufacturing-support operation to begin the sub-assembly process, thereby eliminating “double handling” of tires.
Through our precise engineering and process methodology, Comprehensive Logistics can produce one tire-and-wheel assembly every 12 seconds on average.
CLI's depth of experience and knowledge both from internal resources and carefully vetted technical partners are channeled into robust, reliable tire-and-wheel-assembly solutions customized specifically for each OEM customer.
We partner with leading companies with expertise in tire-and-wheel-assembly systems design and global implementations, as well as former OEM process lead consultants and patent holders to provide the equipment and system integration to support OEMs’ tire-and-wheel-assembly operations.
Our approach takes into consideration material flow of multiple tire sizes and profiles from various manufacturers, along with various wheel sizes, types and styles, including wheel weights and weight tapes, valve stems, and tire pressure monitor (TPM) stems.
The inventory management of the components consumed in the sub-assembly process, as well as testing of each finished tire-and-wheel assembly for balance, uniformity, and other specific KPIs, ensures that each assembled unit meets specified OEM criteria.
Along with employing our Plan For Every Part (PFEP) methodology, through which we engineer space allocation, number and location of dock doors, material flow from receipt to storage to assembly to outbound loading, we collect and analyze other critical information, including the dimensions and pack densities of inbound material from suppliers (e.g., quantity of wheel weights per container, size of container, and number of containers per pallet), stackability requirements for tires, how product arrives, and the need for repacking.
Depending on customer requirements, we can employ an automated storage/retrieval system (ASRS) gantry robot for handling assembled tire-and-wheel sets and loading sequenced sets to conveyor and specialized shuttle trailers.
As a final check in the process, we use advanced vision systems and RFID readers for TPM stems to ensure accuracy and error-proofing of each tire and wheel assembly prior to shipping to the OEM’s assembly plant.
CLI's tire-and-wheel-assembly solutions incorporate a complete, efficient, and flexible system based on proven technologies and highly engineered processes, which are monitored and measured by KPIs that enable control of every aspect of the tire-and-wheel sub-assembly process, from inbound receipt of materials to the delivery of completed assemblies.
The result? Uncompromising quality and delivery of tire-and-wheel assemblies that meet the high standards for OEMs.