Oct. 28, 2013
Ford celebrating anniversary of its moving assembly line.
-- As the team at Arlington Heights Ford (http://www.ahford.com/
Dealer) can attest, Ford has been a bold innovator since its inception, and on Monday, October 7, 2013, the automaker celebrated a bold manufacturing process that gave it a tremendous degree of flexibility:
the moving assembly line. During the event, Ford also outlined some its future production goals, showing that the path ahead is as bright as the company’s beginnings.
Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford lauded his great-grandfather’
s commitment to producing safe, efficient vehicles for everyone, saying, “I am proud he was able to bring the freedom of mobility to millions by making cars affordable to families and that his vision of serving people still drives everything we do today.”
The centennial comes as Ford is planning its largest expansion of manufacturing operations in five decades. This expansion will come in the form of eight new assembly plants and six new powertrain plants, both to enable further growth and to retain 130,000 manufacturing jobs globally. Ford announced its intention of increasing the flexibility of its global manufacturing operations to enable the production of an average of four different models at each plant.
Previously, Ford held up the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI as the blueprint for all of its future plants. The plant was previously known for producing large vehicles such as the Expedition, but it has since undergone a $550 million worth of renovations — when it reopened in 2010, it was producing the 2012 Focus. Thanks to these renovations, the Michigan Assembly Plant is the only factory capable of building gasoline-powered, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the same facility.
Ford is also working with 3D printing technology, primarily to create several prototypes of a single part, which allows engineers to test a wider range of new parts in a shorter period of time. It’s just one of the many ways that Ford is looking to the future with flexibility in mind, an idea inspired by the original assembly line.
Drivers who want to learn more about Ford’s vision for its future, or who wish to see any of the cars, trucks, or SUVs in the automaker’s lineup, can do so by visiting Arlington Heights Ford at 801 W. Dundee Rd (http://www.ahford.com/page/locationhours2-masterpage/mast...