Next generation tire and wheel system for Ford Dearborn Assembly Line

Ultimation’s ‘next generation’ tire and wheel delivery trailers have gone into service at the Ford Dearborn, MI, Assembly line. The five Ultimation trailers will deliver tire and wheel assemblies for the all-new Ford F-150. The trailers feature networked motor driven roller Itoh Denki (MDR) conveyors, and will deliver more than 1,000,000 tires and wheels to the Ford assembly line each year. More information on motor driven roller conveyors…

The Ford Rouge complex is so extensive that in some cases it is not practical to move components from one side of the site to the other using regular conveyor systems. Feeding the assembly line from a longer distance with pre-mounted wheels and tires was a special challenge. To overcome that issue, Ultimation’s engineers have designed what we believe to be the largest tire and wheel carrying trailers in the world. Each trailer is 60 feet long, 10 feet wide and 15′ high. This enables each trailer to carry tires up to 40″ in overall diameter. The trailers are so large that when driven on external roads outside the site they require a special wide/tall load permit.


Conveyor systems for trailers

The Ford Assembly line continues outside the dock doors with these 5 trailer conveyor systems for tires and wheels designed and built by Ultimation