Friday, October 4, 2013

Investment In Bowling Green Assembly Plant Adds Efficiency


General Motors’ $131 million investment in technology at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, such as the first production use of a GM-patented process allowing aluminum to be spot welded to aluminum, is resulting in the strongest and most precisely built Corvette in its six-decade history.
New technologies enable more accurate and efficiently produced subassemblies, such as the frame and the components attached to it. Enhanced, laser-based three-dimensional inspection systems verify overall assembly tolerances targeted to be 25 percent tighter than the previous-generation Corvette.
“Many customers will never see the advanced manufacturing technologies used for the new Corvette Stingray,” said Dave Tatman, plant manager, “but they will appreciate the benefits of these technologies every time they get behind the wheel.
“For example, the new aluminum-welding process enabled us to make the frame lighter and stiffer, improving the performance and driving confidence,” he said. “Measuring 100 points on every frame reduces the chance for unwanted squeaks and rattles that would distract from the driving experience.”
Read here to learn more about the Bowling Green Assembly Plant innovations and what that means for Corvette production.
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