Watch The Ford Explorer Get Built On State-Of-The-Art Assembly Line

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Here's a video tour of the Ford Explorer manufacturing plant in Chicago.

Check out this video showing how the Ford Explorer is manufactured at the car brand's Chicago Assembly Plant. It highlights how Ford's SUV is built from scratch with the help of robots, making the whole vehicle production process more efficient.

Ford, like all car manufacturers, is looking for ways to continue innovating its vehicle assembly line with the goal of making it more efficient, accurate, and smart. This is the reason why Ford invested $1 billion in its Chicago Assembly and Stamping Plants last 2019, creating 500 new jobs in the process.

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The Blue Oval brand's Chicago Assembly Plant currently manufactures the all-new Ford Explorer, which includes the Explorer ST and the Explorer Hybrid. The Police Interceptor Utility and the all-new Lincoln Aviator are also manufactured here.

Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant boasts high-tech machinery that makes vehicle production cost-efficient and as accurate as possible. This is made possible through the joint effort of robots and the actual human workforce, a combo that makes the Chicago vehicle assembly line modern and more effective.

The plant features advanced technologies such as a collaborative robot with a camera that inspects electrical connections during the manufacturing process. The robots allow Ford to have a fully automated process that builds the Explorer's chassis.

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The robots also help the human workforce throughout the whole vehicle production process as all the lifting is minimized significantly. To ensure quality, the Ford Explorer units undergo a visual inspection to check for any defects that may have occurred during the manufacturing process.

Despite all the measures in place, there are still reported complaints when it comes to Ford's build quality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received over 100 complaints from owners of Ford Explorer SUVs early this year. Some Explorer owners even said that they have experienced windshield trim panels flying off the vehicle while traveling at highway speeds.

As a side note, Ford first implemented a moving assembly line in producing a vehicle on December 1, 1913 - a concept that trimmed down vehicle production from more than 12 hours to just one hour and 33 minutes.

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