Amid high-tech robots, miles of conveyers and multiple assembly lines, a number of inconspicuous hand-held “tools” and their skilled operators are helping carmakers across the world to ensure highest levels of vehicle quality before they leave manufacturing plants. One such thing is the extensive use of ostrich and emu features to wipe the car before/after the paint job is done. These features are described to be the softest features available. Company’s like General Motors use female ostrich feathers that remove fine exterior dust particles before a vehicle is painted. BMW and Audi use Emu features to wipe the car during the paint job. BMW says their emu feathers not from imports down under, but their own farm in Bavaria.
Imagine if by simple use of your car paint, you can covert the sun’s energy to power your car’s electronics or charge it’s batteries. These paints are often referred to as photostatic technology and use organic materials that can be produced at molecular level and enables them to be applied to a flexible, non-planar surface through ultra-thin solar coating.
All carmakers are going green and keeping sustainability in mind planting trees and keeping the premise green has seen heavy investments by all automakers including the likes of Ferrari. With the linking up of all its buildings Ferrari is now completely independent in terms of energy production, achieving a reduction in CO2 emissions of 42.1% and 66% of Particulate Matter (PM.) Contd next image
But Ferrari’s assembly lines have now gone a step ahead and has seen the use of plants and trees on its assembly lines to maintain cold temperature, allowing its workers to work in a more natural environment. There are trees planted on the either sides of its mechanical workshop.
Laser technology for welding roofs has companies under Volkswagen Group umbrella to have a single body shell for the whole roof without any joint. The company has been working with lasers on body-in-white applications since 1993, with the first production application occurring in '96 on a roof joint. The most important benefit of using laser systems for body welding is the fact that there is a tremendous amount of flexibility inherent in the equipment. This has allowed modular use of platforms like MQB and MLB more easy within Volkswagen Group companies including VW, Porsche, Audi, Skoda and SEAT.
Use of Bull Leather: The bulls give automobile craftspeople the most exquisite material to work with. Many luxury carmakers including the likes of Rolls-Royce use high quality leather for its interiors that is hand stitched to perfection. Most of these leather come from the Simmental breed. Not only do these larger cattle give bigger hides, but they are also raised in a moist region with a temperate climate. This makes a big difference to the hide, as their skin doesn’t dry out. The lush grass they feed on has a direct effect on their skin. To further colour and change the texture of the leather, the hides are tumbled with pigment, which means the skins are coloured all the way through and help the leather to age beautifully.
Japanese Takumi: Everyone is aware that Nissan GT-R Sportscar is hand-built. In Japan those recognized as master craftsmen are known as takumi are the ones allowed to work on building the Godzilla. The names of these expert craftsman are put on the car’s engine as a pledge of top-quality. Other Japanese automakers like Lexus also follows these Takumi art. Takumi are trained for decades nd have to undergo rigorous training and pass test involve folding origami cats with one hand before progressing further.
Known for its top-speed, one of the world’s fastest car, Buggati Veyron is one of the biggest loss-making entity for the company. In fact, with every Buggati Veyron the company sells the loss goes up. The parent company of Buggati, Volkswagen Group €4.62 million with each Veryron sold. Buggati still makes these cars anyway to keep the brand alive of course there is a lot of learning for Volkswagen Group as Buggati is one of the most technologically advanced company.
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