WINNER: Automated wheel balancing
3M Automotive Division and Esys Automation
What: Cut-to-fit wheel weights and robotic balancing system
Innovation: 3M and Esys automated wheel balancing by using robots to attach to a wheel a magnetized, weighted adhesive tape. In final assembly, this innovation replaces manual steps and individual lead weights.
First customer: BMW X3, X5 and X6, 2010
Web site: 3M.com