Andritz Group received an order from Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) for three jointly developed Southtrac II tailor-welded blank (TWB) laser welding systems to be installed in its North American manufacturing plants. The systems are specifically suitable for curved applications. The processing head, exclusively developed for TMNA, makes the system capable of laser-welding small radii and polynomial seams. The new high-tech core piece incorporates 15 axes in combination with a welding shuttle concept. The Southtrac’s fully automated production system will also be capable of integrating automatic guided vehicles that will connect plant logistics systems with warehouse and production equipment.