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Video: BMW facility and tool making

Videos | October 16th, 2010 by 1
BMW facility and tool making

Lighter, more efficient BMWs? But how does the company continue to ensure maximum protection in their vehicles? BMW just released a video on Youtube featuring …

Lighter, more efficient BMWs? But how does the company continue to ensure maximum protection in their vehicles?

BMW just released a video on Youtube featuring their tool and plant engineer facility.

In the tool and plant engineering facility at the BMW factory in Munich so called water cooled press methods are developed. These cooled press tools enhance the safety of the car and decrease CO2 emissions because the lighter material.

Have a closer look at the process at the BMW plant in Dingolfing.

Video: BMW facility and tool making

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000477069969 Hugo Becker

    This video is really very good. Unspoken tidbits to keep in mind. BMW has to gear up tooling for each component. Every model that has a B pillar (the part pictured in the video) has a unique die made for stamping the part.

    When you are building less than 100,000 of a specific part a year, you had better know how to squeeze the last nickel out of the process. Unlike Toyota, BMW doesn’t build a million of any one vehicle in a given model year. Therefore the cost of the die has to be divided into fewer total stampings.

    Not only do you have more dies to stamp a given total number of parts, but you have to be able to swap the dies quickly in and out of the presses. This is no small task.

    In my mind the production engineers/tool & die people are the unsung heroes at BMW.

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