PHOTO | How will Ford’s R15.8billion investment help them build the best new Ranger and VW Amarok?

  • A new stamping plant is part of Ford’s R15.8 billion rand investment.
  • The fully autonomous system can process 272 tonnes of steel per day.
  • The all-new Body Shop complements this.

Ford is upgrading its equipment and tooling infrastructure in preparation for the approaching next-generation inch Ranger.

The new Stamping Plant at Ford’s Silverton Operations is part of the company’s R15.8 billion investment and clearly demonstrates the company’s commitment to the country. This is the first time the manufacturing phase of this vehicle will be carried out in-house rather than relying on external suppliers. It is believed that the new Stamping Plant will dramatically increase efficiency and cost and produce higher quality panels.

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This will be important as the company ramps up its production, reaching a potential maximum capacity of 200,000 vehicles per year. At this rate, the Stamping Plant will process 272 tonnes of steel per day via a three-shift system! The entire path is fully automated, with an installed capacity of 16 steps per minute.

“Our new Stamping Plant is Ford’s first in South Africa,” said Rhys Davies, Site Transformation Manager at Ford Silverton Assembly Plant.

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The Ford Body Shop where the new Ranger and VW Amarok will be built at the Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Body Shop Ford where the new Ranger and VW Amaro are

The Ford Body Shop where the new Ranger and VW Amarok will be built at the Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Body Shop Ford where the new Ranger and VW Amaro are

The Ford Body Shop where the new Ranger and VW Amarok will be built at the Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Body Shop Ford where the new Ranger and VW Amaro are

The Ford Body Shop where the new Ranger and VW Amarok will be built at the Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Body Shop Ford where the new Ranger and VW Amaro are

The Ford Body Shop where the new Ranger and VW Amarok will be built at the Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Body Shop Ford where the new Ranger and VW Amaro are

The Ford Body Shop where the new Ranger and VW Amarok will be built at the Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Blue light scanner and Ford's new stamp machine hey

A blue light scanner and Ford’s new stamping machine helped make the new Ranger bakkies at their Silverton Factory in Pretoria.

Blue light scanner and Ford's new stamp machine hey

A blue light scanner and Ford’s new stamping machine helped make the new Ranger bakkies at their Silverton Factory in Pretoria.

Blue light scanner and Ford's new stamp machine hey

A blue light scanner and Ford’s new stamping machine helped make the new Ranger bakkies at their Silverton Factory in Pretoria.

Blue light scanner and Ford's new stamp machine hey

A blue light scanner and Ford’s new stamping machine helped make the new Ranger bakkies at their Silverton Factory in Pretoria.

Ford's new Ranger test model in production in

Ford’s new Ranger test model is in production at their Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Ford's new Ranger test model in production in

Ford’s new Ranger test model is in production at their Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Ford's next-generation Ranger trial model in production

A trial model of Ford’s next-generation Ranger is in production at the Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Ford's new Ranger test model in production in

Ford’s new Ranger test model is in production at their Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Ford's new Ranger test model in production in

Ford’s new Ranger test model is in production at their Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

Ford's new Ranger test model in production in

Ford’s new Ranger test model is in production at their Silverton Plant in Pretoria.

‘Providing the highest quality’

“Previously, we used external suppliers to stamp our metal body parts, but we decided to set up our own Stamping Factory for the Next-Gen Ranger, which will go into production later this year.

“With our focus on delivering the highest levels of quality and efficiency for the Next-Gen Ranger, it was imperative that we bring our stamping operations in-house. This ensures that we can control production quality throughout the stamping process, validate that all parts are within specifications, and then shipped it seamlessly straight to our new Body Shop adjacent to the Stamping Factory.”

The Stamping Plant measures 10 320m2 and consists of five tandem presses, including a 2,500 tonne press, a 1,600 tonne press and three 1,000 tonne presses that attach flat sheet metal to the various inner and outer body panels required for all three Ranger body styles: Single Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab.

The Stamping Facility also offers the state-of-the-art GOM ATOS ScanBox blue light scanning system. It is used to measure the perimeter and surface dimensions of each part and generates an accurate 3D model which is compared to the 3D model stored in their computer system.

Production of the Next-Generation Ranger is expected to begin later this year at the Silverton Plant, along with local manufacturer Volkswagen Amarok.

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