Honda celebrates ‘breakthrough’ robotic assembly in Alabama
Honda is celebrating a robotic manufacturing ‘breakthrough’ at its Alabama manufacturing facility.
The new 186,000-square-foot facility houses 250 workers and 92 robots, with humans and machines working together for two shifts to build 1,500 V6 engines every day. The highly automated system includes robotic piston assembly, producing 9,000 pistons daily, and Honda’s first implementation of a fully-automated piston installation process.
“Our new automated engine assembly line is the most advanced facility of its kind at any Honda operation across the globe – and it’s right here in Lincoln, Alabama,” said Honda Manufacturing of Alabama president Jeff Tomko.
The V6 engines are sent to vehicle assembly facilities where they are installed in the Honda Odyssey, Pilot and Acura MDX. HMA has cast and assembled all of the V6 engines used to produce the three models at the site, representing a total of 3.4 million units since the plant began production in 2001.
HMA currently employs 4,000 workers, supporting an annual capacity of 340,000 vehicles. The plant is said to be regularly expanding, soon adding the necessary tooling and extra employees to begin building the Ridgeline pickup early next year.