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The quality assurance process is one of the most important aspects of the automotive production cycle. It identifies areas for improvement, saves on costs by noting areas where regular issues occur and ultimately it ensures that vehicles exit the warehouse in the best condition possible.
Until now, this has been quite a manual process in parts but now Audi has introduced a new piece of technology to help improve the quality assurance process.
Audi’s quality assurance tech
This month, the team at Audi has revealed a new technology designed to deliver a greater quality fit and finish on all future models.
The Virtual Master Jig, as it’s known, is a new digitalised system headquartered in Ingolstadt, Germany. Housed in a space the size of a double garage two robots capable of assessing up to 20 million measurement points spins over the surface of the vehicle.
The mapping creates a digital map of the surface of an A4 sized car in four hours, where previously it would have taken 48 hours. As a result, the quality checkers can begin their work much quicker than they had been able to prior to the new system.
Furthermore, digitalisation allows measurements to be taken by the sensory system without touching. This means that softer components such as seals and seats can be measured more accurately.
Quality technicians are therefore provided with more accurate data ahead of production and all electronic interior functions are available to test at a much earlier stage in the development process.
Compared to previous jigs
The introduction of the new jig is designed to get ever closer to making the perfect car. Audi’s previous system was able to map 6,000 points on the car, a lot less than the new 20 million points now available.
It’s likely that other companies will now follow suit and look for ways to improve their quality assurance procedures.
To find out more about how Plus Point can help your quality assurance department with qualified staff and accredited training, contact us today.
Plus Point has continued its continued professional development (CPD) accredited training by presenting certificates to global manufacturers Rosti. The automotive quality assurance and control supplier was granted CPD accredited status in 2017 and began to roll out training nationally shortly after.
The emergence of the electric vehicle (EVs) requires an upskilling of the workforce according to Plus Point MD Mark Sweeney. The automotive training and staff provider is urging the industry to invest in its people to help further improve the British automotive sector.
Plus Point recently launched its lean automotive training programme, designed specifically for the automotive sector. It’s called the Plus Point Improvement Programme and uses all of the key training elements in lean and six sigma to help improve performance within the manufacturing sector.
The automotive sector is and has been at the forefront of the UK’s economy for decades. It has led the charge in economic recovery and 2016 saw a record number of vehicles produced since 1999 as 1.72m cars rolled off the production line. However, the effects of the economic crash in 2008 are still apparent in an industry which experienced mass redundancies and retirements.
In January we were delighted to bring news to you about how the automotive industry had hit record levels in the previous 12 months.
Car production is big business, and there is a lot of money involved in the process. Last year, 1.72 million cars rolled off the assembly line in the UK alone creating a turnover of £71bn in 2016.
Manufacturers at all levels with the supply chain are under pressure to meet deadlines and targets. Thus, there can be faults with parts and consequently with the car. Additionally, faulty or incorrect parts that are placed into vehicles can cost automakers millions.
E-cars are becoming increasingly important to manufacturers as demand continues to rise. As a result, manufacturers are needing to change their approach to the supply chain. External and internal suppliers are developing new concepts and, importantly, in-house operations such as quality control are adapting to suit the needs of e-car manufacturing.
The automotive industry is one of the fastest advancing sectors in the world. The technological advances over the last 5 decades are a testament to that. The introduction of satellite navigation systems, safety precautions and even electric windows illustrate just how far car manufacturing has progressed.
We’ve taken a look at the automotive industry and examined the figures that tell the story about how the automotive industry performed in 2016. The UK car industry in 2016 hit record levels with around 1.72m cars rolling off the production line. This is the highest level since 1999 taking total turnover to £71m a year.
In countless automotive manufacturing facilities, many employees view the quality personnel as “the bad guys”. “Their whole job is to come out and beat up manufacturing when processes don’t produce quality products,” they complain. “We can’t help it. Why are they always on our backs” There’s some truth to that.