This new process is less complex, faster, and produces a higher quality product. The robot that performs the job kind of looks like a barcode scanner tool. It takes only three minutes to do the entire job. A human requires more than seven minutes.
“The key feature of the solution is not just the sealing patch itself,” says Dirk Paffe, Head of Planning for Paint Shop Process at Porsche, “but the automation of the process. We can apply the sealing patches in large quantities and at high speed with absolute precision using a robot.”
Does this mean robots will soon take over all human assembly line jobs at Porsche? Not at all, but it does make workers’ lives much easier and ensures a better quality vehicle.