Innovative production for innovative engines: The factory at the main site in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen works with state-of-the-art production methods, and at full plant utilization its 400 employees produce around 200 eight-cylinder V-engines daily. The sports car manufacturer has invested nearly 80 million euros in the new production facility.
Uwe Hück, Chairman of the General Works Council and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of
The core aspect of the new engine plant is its flexible production system, in which manufacturing and automation are interlinked harmoniously and efficiently. Assembly of the innovative eight-cylinder V-engines, which will at first only be used in the new
They are assisted by state-of-the-art machines and tools. Around 100 innovations were incorporated into the production system concept. For instance,
The EC tools are just as adaptable. Their presets for torque or speed, for instance, can be modified at any time via the electronic production network. This means that they are not limited to a specific place of use, but can essentially be used universally in assembly and only need to be mounted at the new work location – in production jargon they are “re-cycled” – and are then programmed for their new task. Moreover, ergonomically optimized tools make tasks easier for workers to perform due to their improved ease-of-use.
The assembly of a new engine begins every 3.5 minutes. 95 workpiece carriers transport the engines along the line designed in a U-shape that is a total of 1417 feet (slightly longer than ¼ mile) long. In 110 work cycles, of which 71 are in the manufacturing areas, the eight-cylinder engine is produced in 6.2 hours.
The new engine plant, whose construction was started in early 2014, is located in the western expansion zone of the main
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In upcoming years,