FARMINGTON HILLS — Jervis B. Webb Co. is working on a $60 million project at the Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.

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 six-inch overhead power and 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.

Jervis B. Webb Co. is a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Co., a developer of innovative material handling technology such as Automatic Guided Vehicles, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems, conveyors, baggage handling systems, bulk handling systems, cleanroom systems and airport maintenance services.

Daifuku Webb consists of Daifuku America Corp., Jervis B. Webb Co., 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 and beverage, bulk, warehousing and manufacturing industries. Daifuku Webb is headquartered in Farmington Hills, with manufacturing locations throughout North America.


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