This article reports on a visit to the Rolls-Royce and Bentley car factory at Crewe, England, which is now owned by Volkswagen (VW) and maintains a unique mixture of modern and traditional methods by combining advanced technology with craftsmanship. The tender loving care devoted to every car part is almost unique to Rolls-Royce Motors, which offers a service adapted to customers' individual needs. The factory's assembly hall has benefited from most of VW's #200M investment, and been completely refurbished. Two assembly lines gently move the four-door and two-door models towards the road assimilator at the end of the lines. During this process, the bodies are reunited with the doors, which have been built up since being sprayed with the bodies, and the appropriate powertrain, trim, and suspension systems have been installed. The most noticeable aspect of this part of the production process is the extensive number of craftsmen and craftswomen at work; there are only five robots in the whole factory. A new feature is that engines are now being-hand built in the factory. Great care is taken everywhere along the production lines, despite a noticeable lack of control points, and there are several discrete quality control procedures. About twelve cars are made per day in the factory's one-shift operation.

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  • Publication Date: 1999-10


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  • Pagination: p. 75-6
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 24
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
    • ISSN: 0307-6490

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  • Accession Number: 00780942
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 7 2000 12:00AM