Nissan is changing the way they build and produce vehicles. The Japanese automaker announced that they will be incorporating the company’s Intelligent Mobility vision into the way they build next-generation automobiles.
They will do so by investing 33 billion yen in order to introduce advanced manufacturing technologies and equipment at their Tochigi Plant in Japan. This new technology will help tackle the challenges of producing Nissan’s upcoming models which are electrified, intelligent and connected.
“We’re facing an unprecedented evolution in the capabilities of our vehicles. Our job is to make this evolution a reality by rethinking how we build cars. This will also mean shifting the efforts of our expert technicians from techniques they’ve already mastered to new, unexplored areas,” said Hideyuki Sakamoto, Nissan’s executive vice president for manufacturing and supply chain management.
One of the key features of the new system is the “universal powertrain mounting system” developed by Nissan’s Production Engineering Research and Development Center. The system works by using an automated pallet that mounts entire powertrains rather than having assembly staff install multiple components. At the same time, it is also versatile, capable of assembling either electric or gasoline-powered powertrains.
Nissan’s new technology investment will also see the automation of some manufacturing process using robots. The automaker says that the robots will lessen the physical burden of workers. It will also allow more diversity in the workforce by allowing women and even the elderly to work in factories.
Aside from making work easier, robots will also take over the process of sealing vehicle body seams. Nissan says the new robots can apply and finish sealant precisely similar to how one of their experts would do it.
This new technology will be first implemented out at the Nissan Tochigi plant in Japan by 2020. The tech will also be rolled out across other Nissan factories globally.