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Automotive Glass

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Automotive Glass Applications

Hil-Man Automation was requested to design, build, and integrate an encapsulation work cell for the Honda CRV Rear Quarter Window. Along with this work cell there were many pieces of secondary equipment to complete the process as well. This particular work cell encapsulated 2 pairs of windows at a time.

In many processes in the automotive glass industry the glass needs to be heated at some point. For this particular process our customer requested using a conveyor to do so. We added IR Heating banks above the conveyor, and then integrated them together so that they ran as one unit.


For when production volumes are lower it may make sense to incorporate a manual soldering fixture into the process. This particular fixture was for the V,C,X167 platform. There were a total of 9 solder points per window.

Hil-Man Automation was requested to build an automatic soldering fixture for the Y1BC Platform. This particular fixture was part of a soldering cell where the operator would load the glass and the solder braids. This particular machine had 24 solder points on it.

In recent years it has become harder to find operators to run manual or automatic machines. This has many manufacturers turning to robots to take the place of an operator on an assembly line. We have developed new equipment that is tailored to this particular need.


This particular machine soldered buttons and bonded a carrier to a center glass window of the DT Rear Slider Assembly. There are 2 stations on the fixture that operator on a rotary cylinder. The front of the fixture is where the solder buttons, and carriers are applied. The rear of the fixture is the UV curing station to cure the glue for the carrier. For this fixture we also incorporated priming/burnishing stations to each size of the fixture that were mounted to arms that could be positioned where comfortable for the operator.

This particular fixture ran 6 different types of windows. Each window had the same clip, but they were in different orientation. The changeover to different models of windows was done through push button pins, and then the operator would manually change the fixture over.

Priming glass can be a very labor intensive process, but with new technology it can be done with very few operators. This particular robotic priming system is programmed to run 10 different windows. They vary in size, but are all rear quarter windows for an SUV. A camera overhead inspects the primer path to check for defects. This work cell also incorporated an accumulating conveyor to let the primer cure.

This particular work cell inspected parts, and packed them into totes. There were multiple cameras, a bowl feeder, a robot, as well as a couple conveyors.

This particular machine assembled a windshield for Ford. It applied an elkamet, seal, 2 solder terminals, and 2 rubber bumpers. This cart operated stand alone, or in a robotic work cell.

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