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      02-23-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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Cool Video: F10 5-series Assembly / Production Process

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Here's a live look into the F10 5-series production process (video features):
  • Body shop: spot welding by robots. Mounting of side sills on body structure.
  • Hot-stamping: Heating, compression molding, quenching.
  • Wedding: Drive unit engine, transmission, axle, exhaust system is bolted to the body.
  • Final assembly: BMW 5 Series Sedan rolls out of factory.


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      02-23-2011, 04:06 PM   #2
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      02-23-2011, 04:55 PM   #3
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Watching this I think it doesnt matter if the cars are manufactured in Spartanburg, SA or München.

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      02-23-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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thats well cool!
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      02-23-2011, 06:51 PM   #5
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I wonder if the robots ever call in sick?
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      02-23-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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Watching this I dont think it doesnt matter if the cars are manufactured in Spartanburg, SA or München.
I would like to see more US production. There are a lot of people out of work in this country.
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      02-23-2011, 07:49 PM   #7
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Wow -- I wonder who designs those robots? Skynet? :-P
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Amazing robots! Precision first!!!!!
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That is kind of creepy to watch... Like how useless are we. weird
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Watching this I dont think it doesnt matter if the cars are manufactured in Spartanburg, SA or München.
Believe me It matters. You have to remember the suppliers that are providing the robots all those parts. The robot doesn't know if one panel is slightly off. Also final assembly is pretty much all hand assembly with power assist tools where the quality and capability of people play a huge factor.
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Why am I seeing an E60 5er at 01:57?
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wow. just wow.
I wonder what the shell weighs prior to mounting anything. Looks light in weight.
However, like one stated, seeing this makes me think that human interference is not required; are we creating smart machines or what?
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Why am I seeing an E60 5er at 01:57?
This could have been filmed during their production trials where they would have been running the E60 on the same line.
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In the case of the Z4, X3, X5, and X6 between 70 and 95% of the value of the parts content come from NON US or Canadian sources. Perhaps adding US/CDN content would improve the quality (hint: High Pressure Fuel Pump). Honda and Toyota have effectively become Domestic manufacturers by sourcing at least 60% of the value of the content of Accords and Camrys built in the US from suppliers that manufacture in the US/Canada.

http://www.nhtsa.gov/DOT/NHTSA/Traff.../AALA2009a.pdf

http://www.nhtsa.gov/DOT/NHTSA/Traff.../AALA2010a.pdf

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/rul...1_Alpha%20.pdf

When I did the factory tour our tour guide told us that BMW sources robots exclusively from Kuka (http://www.kuka-robotics.com/en/) and that they not only assemble, but just as a human would do, mechanically or visually align parts prior to installation. BMW's philosophy was to harmonize the work of man and machine, utilizing robots for high precision, dangerous/hazardous and repetitive tasks.
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It's only a matter of years when they won't need human labor to drive cars off the assembly line. The cars will do it themselves.
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I like it. Cool video!
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      02-24-2011, 08:40 AM   #17
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Watching that is like seeing a scene from Terminator .... stunning stuff!!

Hats off to those who put the whole process together too - the precision work is incredible.
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That is kind of creepy to watch... Like how useless are we. weird
Just think how many people the robot factories employ...
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Just think how many people the robot factories employ...
You don't think there are robots assembling robots there?
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Wow! Technology has certainly come a long way...
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bloody hell!! this is the best team work i have ever seen!!
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i can not open this video,tell me why
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