With an aging workforce and a need to cut extra spending on relief workers due to inefficient production processes, Nissan motor company implemented Universal Robots’ UR10 cobot systems.
As one of the most recognisable car brands in the world, Nissan Motor Company was facing a problem. In addition to a need for more streamlined production processes at its Yokohama large-scale plant, it was facing up to the reality of an aging workforce and loss of vital skills.
The business transformation
Manufacturing engines and parts for electric and hybrid cars, Nissan’s 3,200 employees are responsible for processing and assembling machine parts, with close links between the production line and engineering departments. This integrated approach to manufacturing makes it all the more important to ensure employees are supported and given the right amount of experience.
One issue which was causing problems in this area for the plant was the level of ‘takt time’ – which relates to the cycle time of a specific process – and how this would sometimes overrun, making it necessary to use relief workers, which in turn meant a greater labor and personnel cost for Nissan.