Upon entering the Jaguar Factory, we were given a brief introduction regarding basic information. The tour guide pointed out facts such as the current company owner of Jaguar and the kind of products they offer. What really caught my attention, though, was that the Castle Bromwich plant is the only remaining plant that still produces Jaguar cars.
We entered the first factory that houses welding assembly of the car and quality inspection. I was left gaping with amazement as I tried to take in my surroundings. We were greeted by a magnificent scene of huge robotic hands in glass-walled cells that fill the building floor. The robots are multi-purpose as they can change heads from welding to riveting or gluing. They look like technology that came straight out of Spiderman 2 (the Tobey Maguire version)!
After leaving the chassis assembly line, the tour followed through to the quality management site, the interior assembly design and lastly the Jaguar Awards centre. The tour came to an end and its time for us to head back to the bus. I am exhausted but cannot keep myself from thinking about all the riveting facts I learned today.
Did you know that Jaguar has introduced a screen that is able to display different content depending on the angle from which it is viewed? That means, for example, that a driver can view the screen displaying tools to aid driving, while simultaneously the passenger can watch a film. Or that Jaguar loses a third of a million pounds for every hour that the assembly line stops due to malfunctioning machines?
I was most astonished by the fact that any worker in any station can, with the pull of a single string, stop the entire interior fittings assembly line! Pulling the string triggers an alarm in the form of a song. The tune is different depending which station pulled the string, so that the maintenance team knows which part of the assembly line has malfunctioned. We were even lucky enough to have an accidental live demonstration. The last compelling fact of the day is that managers working with Jaguar are given a car of their choice every 6 months… but upper management gets two cars.
I stumbled out of the bus, my heart pounding, my mind blown. I had hoped I would not be disappointed and looking back on today, disappointing is the last word I would use to describe this trip.
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