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Porsche assembly line

24.01.06

Porsche develops new assembly track: It's experience that really counts

When Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG was planning and designing a new engine assembly track, they initially counted on the skills of their own, internal production machinery department. This department, however, had to compete with external offers. Porsche, as a luxury marque, is well-known for its production of excellent, pedigree sports cars. Whether it's the 911 or the Boxster, a Porsche is a status symbol, without a shadow of doubt. It is even more an expression of personal lifestyle – and more and more people are evidently developing a feeling for it. How else could over 120,000 people worldwide be organised in around 360 regionally administered Porsche appreciation clubs? And the tendency is for this to increase. The excitement surrounding these classical vehicles from Stuttgart, Germany is also a good reason for shareholders to smile.

Engine assembly continuously improved

It is hardly necessary to tell those in charge at Porsche that demanding Porsche drivers insist on leading-edge quality as a priority. Which is why Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG's factory facility at Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen concentrates on precisionassembly of that part of the car that really makes a sports-car driver's heart beat faster, the Porsche engine. A total of 24 workers are employed on two tracks assembling the engines for the 911 and Boxster. "The tracks are now over 15 years old. Back in 1993, we started revamping them and adapting them to the technical requirements of modern assembly methods. For example, we replaced the manual feed system with a continuous, motorised system. We have also developed new commissioning trolleys and a preselector mechanism for rotating the engines to the correct assembly position. This enabled us to almost double the numbers of engines produced per day," explained Wolfgang Zimmermann, Project Leader of the 19-strong team of the Porsche production machinery department in Stuttgart.

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