25 October 2012
MacDonald Humfrey Automation (MHA) and sister company Exmac Automation have joined forces to help automotive engineering specialist, Ricardo, create a state-ofthe- art 600m2 facility to build its first high-performance engine at Ricardo’s Technical Centre in West Sussex.
Providing a near cleanroom production environment, the facility has the capacity to produce 4000 engines annually across two daily shifts. Its core is a ten-station vertical conveyor mini-line supported by incoming materials inspection and line-side delivery of components.
Each station is equipped with a sophisticated MacDonald Humfrey ‘Human Machine Interface’ (HMI) providing guidance to each operator on the precise sequence of operations required at each stage of assembly to ensure No Fault Forward (NFF) assembly. Tools at each station are instrumented to provide data directly into a central warranty database for each engine, providing complete finished product traceability.