Friday, July 12, 2013
A Boys Day
It was really cool when a motorcycle stunt guy drove a BMW motorcycle up several flights of stairs and down again.
The efficiency of the factory was impressive and it was cool to see the precision of the robots in action. They turn out 900 cars a day. The manpower intensive areas work on two 8-hour shift schedules. But the areas with robots are processing 24 hours a day.
Everything not used gets recycled, including the paint overspray (which is minimal but falls into a flowing water bath below the cars. The mixture flows somewhere, somehow and the paint, which is heavier than the water, is collected and then used in floor mats.)
They are down to only 30 grams of waste per car. That's the equivalent of about 30 paper clips.
After the tour we had lunch in the cafe on site and then had about 30 min. to tour the BMW museum across the street.
As you can imagine, we are getting a lot of mileage out of the following German word we've seen a lot.