Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 32

Thread: New Car

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    2,895

    Default

    Dennis - watch the video

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    2,671

    Default

    OK will do.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Scotland
    Posts
    8,685

    Default

    That was a very interesting video, I used to be a car painter repairing damaged cars, (even used to do Rolls Royce's, Maserati's, and other older classic cars) back in the 60s.

    Watching them robots doing all that work was amazing!

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Middlesex
    Posts
    8,509

    Default

    I stick by what I said, I do not know of a single manufacturer who does not paint their cars in batches. The exception, as I said, is those small specialist builders who will build a car to whatever spec and in whatever colour, including interior trim, to order.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    2,671

    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolebama View Post
    I stick by what I said, I do not know of a single manufacturer who does not paint their cars in batches. The exception, as I said, is those small specialist builders who will build a car to whatever spec and in whatever colour, including interior trim, to order.
    However the car body parts are painted in a separate "shop" from the assembly line. In some cases the body could be painted at a remote factory.The boot lids, doors, bonnets, wings and other body parts are probably painted in batches and are then fed on a conveyor belt system to the assembly track. I believe that in modern car assembly plants it is possible for a red car to be next on the production assembly line to different colour cars.

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    2,671

    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by Santa View Post
    Dennis is almost right.

    All parts on a car are sprayed before final assembly. The underbody and sub frames are usually black and arrive in the factory ready sprayed, as do matching trim such as bumpers and mirror bodies. The external colour is sprayed on to the body shell, assembled with doors, bonnet and boot, in an automatic spray booth. Changing the colour in a booth is a major job, so they do run bodies through in batches and store them. They will, of course have more than one spray booth, so I imagine that the more popular colours (red, black, white) are run permanently, and the less popular (yellow?) in batches.

    Scheduling the parts (including body shells) on the production line is a highly sophisticated operation. All the parts required to create a car have to be at the correct station on the trackside in the correct order. I don't know what the current lead time is to manufacture a specific model, but it will be hours and not weeks. As the dealers enter orders on to the system the computer checks a comprehensive parts list. If all the parts are available, it will reserve them and put them in a build schedule. With modern just-in-time systems this involves suppliers assembly lines as well.

    Once the build is prepared, the parts start to flow. Some of them will come from hundreds of miles away, even another country, but all will be in the correct sequence for the final build. Because the system is so sophisticated there is no need to build a run of black Ghias followed by blue XLs. So what Dennis refers to is that you will see cars on the production line in apparently random colours and trim levels.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXWyh3FzuB4

    Just so you know, I have toured most of the UK production line, although that was some while ago. I even visited the celebrated Mini line at Longbridge that was considered too dangerous for tourists.
    When I toured the Triumph Coventry factory (admittedly about 45 years ago) I recall that there could be different models with different engines next to each other on the "track"

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Middlesex
    Posts
    8,509

    Default

    OK, Dennis, so where would this hypothetical red car have come from? They certainly don't hang on to a couple of assorted colours. They are in the business of making cars and selling them. The only way a red car would be next on the production line would be if it was the first of a batch of the next colour.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    2,895

    Default

    If you look at the youtube link above, you will see, at about 4:20, a shot of the Audi line with red, white and silver cars.

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    2,671

    Lightbulb

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolebama View Post
    OK, Dennis, so where would this hypothetical red car have come from? They certainly don't hang on to a couple of assorted colours. They are in the business of making cars and selling them. The only way a red car would be next on the production line would be if it was the first of a batch of the next colour.
    You are so "last century" ...

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    2,671

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolebama View Post
    OK, Dennis, so where would this hypothetical red car have come from? They certainly don't hang on to a couple of assorted colours. They are in the business of making cars and selling them. The only way a red car would be next on the production line would be if it was the first of a batch of the next colour.
    It would have come out of the Hypothetical paint shop, obviously.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •