[VIDEO] How Ford is revolutionizing automotive manufacturing using innovation

Glen White
- Lean - Oct 08, 2014

Automotive manufacturer Ford continues to redefine the industry using innovation and thinking outside the box. Over one hundred years ago, the company’s founder Henry Ford developed the world’s first moving assembly line, and its culture of innovation remains at the core of the business today.

101 years down the line Ford has released a number of video’s demonstrating its approach to forward thinking, quality manufacturing.

3d printing

Using 3d printing technology, Ford designs digital prototypes and tests them physically for a fraction of the time. This encourages greater creativity, pushing the boundaries of vehicle design, but also speeds up the process of development and thus saves valuable time and money.

Video gaming technology

By using virtual development tools like those used in the gaming industry, Ford designers and engineers can test new design, styling and ergonomic options before cars enter the physical production phase. This accelerates the design process and enables Ford’s experts to collaborate across the world.

Virtual factories

Using advanced 3d technology, Ford can rearrange and optimize its assembly lines virtually, leading to improved production efficiency, and better worker health and safety. Virtual manufacturing is said to have reduced manufacturing related issues across Ford’s global production network by 90 percent since 2002.

Ford has always been a pioneer in the manufacturing sector and will continue to build on its culture of innovation and manufacturing strength. Today, the automaker is able to build 16 cars every minute to the same high standard in 80 factories spanning 22 countries.

 

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