Ford Using Drones for Manufacturing Plant Inspections
They say a new Ford car, truck or SUV is only as safe as the building it’s being built in. Okay, so maybe no one actually says that, but they should. That’s because the Ford manufacturing plants that build our favorite new Ford model lineups – like the 2019 Ford Mustang and the 2019 Ford Edge – must be as safe and state-of-the-art as the models they house. And now, Ford is taking that safety to whole new levels by using drones for manufacturing plant inspections. Using drones for these inspections not only keep the plants up to code, but also keep the Ford workers in charge of the inspections safer than ever before – as you’ll see in the video below.
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Watch Now: Ford Using Drones to Enhance the Safety of its Manufacturing Plant Workers
You never know where the best ideas are going to come from. In the case of keeping Ford manufacturing plant workers safe, the plan to use drones came from a few inspection workers joking around one day. And from those jokes came one of the best safety innovations at a Ford plant in a long time – as you can see in the video below.
“We’d joked about having a robot do the work when there was a lightbulb moment – use drones instead. We used to have to scale heights of up to 50 meters to do the necessary checks on the roof and machining areas. Now we can cover the entire plant in one day and without the risk of team members having to work at dangerous heights.” – Pat Manning, Machining Manager, Ford Dagenham Engine Plant
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