Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the TTI/Vanguard Making Things conference in Detroit. As part of the event, we were taken on a tour of the Ford Rouge plant in Dearborn and were able to see the F-150 final assembly line. It was fascinating to witness up close the structure of US high volume auto manufacturing. Some observations:
To sum up, it was an awesome experience and incredibly inspiring to see US manufacturing at it’s best.
* As a rough estimate, the ratio of humans to robots on the final assembly line was approximately 500:1. The tasks required significant dexterity for relatively lightweight parts (ex: installing trim on the inside of the cabs). I would expect to see a much higher degree of automation on the body panel assembly lines.