Staff on the Porsche Taycan production line are welcoming an innovative new process that saves their thumbs from moving the equivalent of seven kilograms 3,600 times a day.
Robots have been brought in to cover holes in the sports car’s bodywork with specially designed, super-adhesive patches. These holes – which are never seen by customers but are deliberately constructed and incredibly important for the durability of each vehicle – are usually filled with precisely fitting plastic plugs which employees working on the production line have to push into place using their thumbs.
The patches – created by Tesa SE – not only massively reduce strain but improve quality and save time too.
“The key feature of the solution is not just the sealing patch itself,” says Dirk Paffe, Head of Planning for Paint Shop Processes, “but the automation of the process. We can apply the sealing patches in large quantities and at high speed with absolute precision using a robot.” This process step now takes three minutes, whereas it used to take employees more than seven minutes.
Taycan Cross Turismo models: electricity consumption combined: 29.4-28.1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km