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#1 OFFLINE   tricky

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Posted 10 January 2020 - 09:26 AM

Next Wednesday 15th Jan on the Discovery channel there is a new series, Richard Hammond’s Big.
The first episode is the worlds biggest car factory the VW plant in Wolfsburg, may be of interest to many members.


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Posted 10 January 2020 - 01:56 PM

I just checked our Discovery channel for January 15th for this VW story, but nothing listed here in Canada as of today. Hopefully the programming will change by then.

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 02:20 AM

Nothing down under either unfortunately
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Posted 11 January 2020 - 09:36 AM

Guess it's just us brits that will get to see it then, sorry for you others.


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Posted 11 January 2020 - 01:57 PM

Guess it's just us brits that will get to see it then, sorry for you others.

We'll get it in another few years. :(


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 08:36 PM

Guess it's just us brits that will get to see it then, sorry for you others.

 

 

Yeah I saw it, the plant, if you can call it that, is huge.   I'm pretty sure that was a load of mk2 Tiggy's in production that he followed.



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Posted 21 January 2020 - 03:40 PM

For those of you that didn't get to see this, it was very interesting, mainly (as the title BIG implies) from the sheer scale. As big as many towns and cities, with it's own internal road network and bus service between buildings, and bikes available inside to cover the vast buildings, e.g. The body shop was 1 mile long! 

 

Yes you got to see snapshots of cars being built, but equally interesting was the JIT (Just In Time) component process. They hold enough for only around 6 hours production, with deliveries coming in regularly. At the part bind a screen identifies the component, and an overhead light identifies the area it is found. It's placed in a specially divided container with each space assigned to particular components.

 

A barcode tag is attached to a chassis as soon as it begins to be put together, and that identity is unique and the way they track each individual build through to completion. 

 

The metal pressings are interesting in that the building housing them needs it's own separate isolated foundations to prevent the shock affecting other buildings. The press dies (bonnet, roof, door panels etc) are changed around every few hours according to the models bring built, the dies all pre prepared just outside the presses and at changeover doors open, outgoing dies are moved out one side, new ones in the other, all in a minute or so.

 

They have an extensive train network to move out cars after build so they are not held on site. They also have a mechanised vertical 'car park' where new cars are ready for customers who want to collect from factory. They even move them here on automated trolleys so there are no km's put on the virgin cars. 

 

Interesting sneak preview too, the new golf will have the name in chrome letters in the middle of the boot below the VW roundel, as the T-Roc and T-Cross have.


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Posted 21 January 2020 - 03:56 PM

Sounds great tricky. Hopefully we will get it at some point. Thanks for the summary. Oh, I took the liberty of expanding on JIT for those folks that may not know its meaning.  :oops:

 

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