Mechanical Systems- Brampton Chrysler Assembly Plant
Introductory Paragraph: The Brampton Chrysler Assembly Plant is made up of 8 different parts. When a new car is made, it have to go through all of the 8 parts, stamping plant, body shop, trim line, engine line, chassis line, final line and pre-delivery, respectively. The Brampton Chrysler Assembly Plant owns a total of 581 robots to help get the work done faster and more accurate.
These robots have tools or spot welders on the end of their arms. The plant also hires a total of 2871 employees. 2733 workers are paid hourly, and 138 workers are paid on their salary.
In addition, the plant possesses conveyors up to 20. 4 mile.
The conveyor belts are separated into two components, overhead conveyors which carry heavy objects and moving floor which carry extremely heavy objects. Last but not least, The Brampton Chrysler Assembly Plant owns many tools to clean, fix and build the car. This includes power assists arm, air drills, air screwdrivers, air hammers and high speed air sanders. With all these tools, robots, workers and conveyors, is no surprise that they make at least 400 cars a day!
Stamping Plant: The stamping plant’s job is to cut or “stamp” out pieces for the car. They use large pieces of metal and put it under a blanking machine, which chop the parts of the car perfectly.
After, they have to check for any dents or spots. If there is, they have to stop the whole line because they have to go inside the blanking machine and clean the spot. After, the pieces are sent to the press line where they adjust the curve of each metal part. Lastly, the pieces are sent to the paint shop. Body Shop: In the body shop, all of the pieces made from the stamping plant are gathered and assembled.
This line makes the hood, side and the back of the car. This line makes the basic structure of the car. There are 450 robots in this line and each cost about $8000. The robots each have their own specific job. Some build the roof, some mend the pieces together and some even clean the car.
After, the car goes through the paint shop when the final basic structure of the car is done. Paint Shop: The paint shop is where the car gets its own and unique color. First the car is filtered. The dust, hair, and other small particles are vacuumed before applying paint.
This happens because when the paint is on but there are still small particles, some paint is going to be uneven.
There are 3 layers of paint that the car has to get. First is the anti-rust pool. This pool allows the cars to be rust free, just as the name suggests. The car is submerged into a greyish liquid which prevent rust. After the car sunk, waiting a few minutes is necessary. Then, they run electricity to the car so the paint can stick.
After, the car goes through something called primer. Here, they apply the first paint of coat and a clear coat. Lastly, the car enters a color oven.
The car is baked and colored. Now, the car goes through the trim line.
Trim Line: In the trim line, the car shell is attached with a piece of paper. The paper gives the command for what the car is needed due to their type. For instance, a Dodge challenger requires a specific engine or wheel while a Chrysler 3000 uses a totally different one. The trim line basically means fixing the interior of the car. That is why the trim line is where the car gets equipped with battery, sunroof, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit.
The car is now about half way done through the “Chrysler experience”.
Engine Plant: The engine plant is where the “skin” meets the “muscle”, in this case, the shell of the car getting an engine. This is also sometimes called a “marriage”. Although the outer shell and engine meets in the Brampton Chrysler Assembly Plant, the engines are originally made in Saltillo, Mexico. From there, about 1000 engines are made per day.
The engine is mostly made by machines, but human work can be required to dust or polish the engines. The engine is made up 3 major components, a cylinder block, a crank shaft, and a cylinder head.
A 2013 Dodge Challenger can produce 305 horsepower! Chassis Line: The chassis line is where the car is attached with the base frame for the vehicle. This line also attaches the car with wheels. To add the wheels to the car, the car have to be put on a moving line. Next, the engineer press downs a pedal which allows a piece of the line (the one under the wheel) to move down.
Therefore, the engineer can fix attach the wheel. This can be done by screwing it manually using workers or by machine. First, the wheel has to be attached, and then the screws are added to fix the wheel.
Lastly, workers check for any flaws or mistakes. Final Line: The final line is Pre-delivery: Self-Guided Robots: “Both the Challenger and Barracuda were available in a staggering number of trim and option levels” and were intended “to compete against cars like the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, and to do it while offering virtually every engine in Chrysler’s inventory In his book Hemi Muscle Cars, Robert Genet wrote that the Challenger was conceived in the late 1960s as Dodge’s equivalent of the Plymouth Barracuda, and that the Barracuda was designed to compete against the Mustang.
The Barracuda was actually the first car in this sporty car segment by a few months, but was quickly overshadowed by the release of the segment defining Mustang (the segment being referred to as “Pony Car”)… ” Genet also noted that the “Barracuda was intended to compete in the marketplace with the Mustang and Camaro/Firebird, while the Dodge was to be positioned against the Cougar” and other more luxury-type muscle cars.
The Challenger’s longer wheelbase, larger dimensions and more luxurious interior were prompted by the launch of the 1967 Mercury Cougar, likewise a bigger, more luxurious and more expensive pony car aimed at affluent young American buyers Exterior design was done by Carl Cameron, who also did the exterior for the 1966 Dodge challenger.
Cameron based the 1970 Challenger grille off an older sketch of his 1966 Charger prototype that was to have a turbine engine. The Charger never got the turbine, but the Challenger got that car’s grille.
Although the Challenger was well received by the public (with 76,935 produced for the 1970 model year), it was criticized by the press, and the pony car segment was already declining by the time the Challenger arrived. Sales fell dramatically after 1970, and though sales rose for the 1973 model year with over 27,800 cars being sold, Challenger production ceased midway through the 1974 model year. 165,437 Challengers were sold over this model’s lifespan. A 1970 Challenger R/T 440 Magnum is the centerpiece of the existentialist 1971 film “Vanishing Point”.