The quality assurance process is one of the most important aspects of the automotive production cycle. It identifies areas for improvement, saves on costs by noting areas where regular issues occur and ultimately it ensures that vehicles exit the warehouse in the best condition possible.
Until now, this has been quite a manual process in parts but now Audi has introduced a new piece of technology to help improve the quality assurance process.
Audi’s quality assurance tech
This month, the team at Audi has revealed a new technology designed to deliver a greater quality fit and finish on all future models.
The Virtual Master Jig, as it’s known, is a new digitalised system headquartered in Ingolstadt, Germany. Housed in a space the size of a double garage two robots capable of assessing up to 20 million measurement points spins over the surface of the vehicle.
The mapping creates a digital map of the surface of an A4 sized car in four hours, where previously it would have taken 48 hours. As a result, the quality checkers can begin their work much quicker than they had been able to prior to the new system.
Furthermore, digitalisation allows measurements to be taken by the sensory system without touching. This means that softer components such as seals and seats can be measured more accurately.
Quality technicians are therefore provided with more accurate data ahead of production and all electronic interior functions are available to test at a much earlier stage in the development process.
Compared to previous jigs
The introduction of the new jig is designed to get ever closer to making the perfect car. Audi’s previous system was able to map 6,000 points on the car, a lot less than the new 20 million points now available.
It’s likely that other companies will now follow suit and look for ways to improve their quality assurance procedures.
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