Start to finish in a two minute video
When I was a kid issued to watch a show that came on PBS called The Electric Company. The only part of the show I really liked was the section where they went to a factory to see how one thing or another was made. Today I still like to watch stuff get built and my kids do too. We watch How It's Made on Discovery a lot and I really liked the episode where they went to see how Ferrari cars were made. In the case of Ferrari, the process has a lot of hands-on build from the motor down to some of the other parts of the car.
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GM has offered up a new video of the Chevy Volt getting built and in just about two minutes you can follow one of the extended range electric vehicles as it starts as a shell with a massive number of robots welding away and moves on to the end of the line where it rolls off the assembly line under its own power.
It's really cool to see how the car is built, I knew the process was automated, but I had no idea that so many robots handled the welding aspect of the construction. There is a robot for every few inches of car it seems. It was also cool to see how quickly those robotic painters spray the silver on the car. I know how long it takes a person to paint a car and the robots are much faster.
Once the Volt gets down the assembly line the people come in with machines to help them install things like the battery pack, doors, seats, and other pieces of the car. The thing that really stands out for me is that the assembly line never stops moving.
The workers have to walk along with the car they are assembling at different points as they install everything from doors and seats to the battery pack. I also thought it was cool that the cars are suspended from the ceiling; I had envisioned some sort of rail system on the floor that cars went by on. Check out the video, it's very cool.
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