Jervis B. Webb Company Awarded $60 Million Contract for Inverted Friction Drive System at Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH. – Jervis B. Webb Company is working on a $60 million project at the Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP), located in Sterling Heights, Mich.

The project includes miles of inverted friction drive system, which will be used in the body paint process, as well as for delivery of car bodies between the paint shop and general assembly system.

“This contract is a real milestone for our company because it will be one of the largest friction drive conveyor systems in the U.S.,” said Noel Dehne Vice President of Automotive Sales. “Ultimately, it is more cost effective and energy efficient than more traditional skid conveyor system.”

Other benefits of the friction drive system include: quieter and cleaner than chain conveyors, offers smooth and continuous flow, and uses variable frequency drives to adjust conveyor speeds.

Webb also will install 6” overhead power free conveyors, a phosphate E-Coat System, with 45 degree vertical curves, and a two-level shuttle crane for storing auto bodies at the end of the paint process. The project is expected to be completed later this year.

About Jervis B. Webb Company

Jervis B. Webb Company is a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company, a leading developer of innovative material handling technology such as Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS), conveyors, baggage handling systems, bulk handling systems, cleanroom systems and airport maintenance services. Daifuku Webb consists of Daifuku America Corporation, Jervis B. Webb Company, Elite Line Services and Logan Teleflex, Inc. Daifuku Webb specializes in the design, engineering, manufacturing, installation and service of integrated systems used in the automotive, airport, semiconductor, LCD equipment, food/beverage, bulk, warehousing and manufacturing industries. Daifuku Webb is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Mich., with manufacturing locations throughout North America.

Chelsie Preston

Marketing Coordinator

Daifuku Webb Holding Company

34375 W. Twelve Mile Road

Farmington Hills, MI 48331

(248) 553-1000 ext.1125 office


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