In focus this week is one of the many behind-the-scenes elements which go into the smooth running of the automotive industry. I mean employees in particular who work for car manufacturers tend to take many things for granted, one of which is indeed all the machinery which makes their jobs that much easier. They’re suitably justified in doing so though, make no mistake about it – I mean when you go into work your primary objective is simply to get the job assigned to you done, with very little time, room or mental power to second-guess every little thing.
Still, that takes nothing away from the sheer ingenuity that goes into all the heavy-duty lift systems that would wow you to say the least if you walked into a car making factory and saw them in action!
Rail vehicles in particular can appear to have a life of their own, some of which have the computer science field of robotics integrated into their operation and things get seriously intuitive on the factory floor and even further behind the scenes in the control rooms. Mere milliseconds count for a whole lot here and these are the units which when in full flight demonstrate this perfectly.
You get a whole new perspective on just how many vehicles are “consumed” when you run into some news that some or other component of a heavy-duty lift system is faulty and so operations are slowed down or have come to a complete standstill. Fortunately though this rarely ever happens in this day and age, if at all really, since there have been some mega advancements in even the most sophisticated of heavy-duty lift systems such as that heavy duty trucks lift you’ll typically find in a heavy duty vehicle manufacturing, assembly and distribution factory or plant.