CHINA: CRRC Zhuzhou has begun production at what it describes as ‘the world’s first intelligent bogie manufacturing workshop’.
The manufacturer said this provides ‘30·1% more production efficiency’ with 50% fewer staff and a 35% shorter R&D time compared to traditional manual operation.
Automated guided vehicles retrieve and transport materials to the workstations which undertake automated production. No human intervention is needed during the production process, CRRC said.
The company envisages that the automated workshop will provide was more flexibility, including the ability to undertake small-scale trials and mass production at the same time.