Ford Claims Robots Making New Vehicles Safer

Ford Claims Robots Making New Vehicles Safer

Ford is claiming to have made its vehicles “safer than ever” by employing laser and robotics technology to carry out “automated hot-forming” on them.

Hot-forming is the process by which a car’s components are heated on a furnace, shaped on a press, then cooled in water. Ford claims its use of “heat-resistant robots” to load the parts on to the furnace then transfer them to the press, along with its use of steel so strong it “can only be cut with lasers”, will ensure its new cars will be protected by “a safety cage”.

The process is carried out at the automaker’s assembly plant in Saarlouis, Germany, and a statement from Ford highlights how it was incorporated into the manufacture of its new Focus to which Euro NCAP awarded its highest safety rating of five stars. The statement also claims the car’s construction from boron steel means there will be “a survival space” around it if it crashes, and it is 40% more likely “to withstand head-on” collisions than previous models of the Focus.

Ford of Europe vice-president of manufacturing Dale Wishnousky said the vehicle’s “boron steel safety cell helps to make [it] one of our safest vehicles ever”.

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