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Cadillac shows off CT6 production using robots and lasers

Cadillac shows off CT6 production using robots and lasers image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Cadillac Press | posted January 23, 2015 13:41

Assembly methods include Aluminum Spot Welding and Aluminum Laser Welding

Cadillac recently released a video showing how their upcoming CT6 flagship sedan was being manufactured in their Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan.

The $300 million (about PHP 13.22 billion) automated facility is dedicated to the manufacturing of the Cadillac CT6 and covers 138,000 square feet. It has the latest in tooling and welding technology which includes 205 robots that are programmed to weld, assemble and put together important segments of the CT6.

Robots spot welding the Cadillac CT6

Construction methods applied to the Cadillac CT6 include: Patented Aluminum Spot Welding Technology, Aluminum Laser Welding that enables seamless joining of exterior panels, Self-piercing Rivets and Flow Drill Screws that joins two different types of material. Engineers then program the robots on what method to use, depending on what manufacturing phase the car is currently in.

The overall construction of the new Cadillac CT6 was described by the company as 'an orchestra' as the robots surround the vehicle in making the new flagship sedan. Also worth mentioning is once the construction of the body is complete, a large robotic arm lifts the vehicle from one part of the assembly line to another, a first for a full-size luxury vehicle according to Cadillac.

Laser welding

“Never before has an automaker brought this combination of joining techniques together for a single vehicle. The manufacturing team has enabled body engineers to optimize the vehicle for mass, safety, stiffness and materials with more precision than ever. The result is a top-level large luxury sedan, with class-leading body stiffness that generates excellent driving characteristics and impressive fuel economy without compromises to safety, comfort or quality,” said Travis Hester, CT6 Executive Chief Engineer.

The Cadillac CT6 is expected to go on sale near the end of 2015.