'Virtual factory' in development at Ford

Friday, 10 August 2012

The company Ford is going to be able to make quality improvements, as well as decrease costs, as a result of the development of a so called 'virtual factory'.

The simulated factory takes in all the elements of vehicle manufacture seen on the assembly line, according to Ford.

Simulating the vehicle making process allows for the testing of this prior to investment being made in the necessary resources for production outside of the virtual realm.

And it sounds as if car insurance holders can expect their future Ford drives to have been previewed in a virtual factory.

Ford of Spain's José Terrades commented: "Virtual factories will enable Ford to preview and optimise the assembly of future models at any of our plants, anywhere in the world."

"With the advanced simulations and virtual environments we already have at our disposal, we believe this is something Ford can achieve in the very near future," he added.

Ford says it became the first car manufacturer to employ simulation via computers as a way of planning the manufacture of vehicles in locations around the world back in 1997.

It adds that simulations using computers are currently an integrated part of its process of development.

Posted by Noel Martin.

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