Tuesday we must be in….. Detroit. Well, actually Dearborn and Livonia. We started the day at the Ford River Rouge Factory Tour. They assemble Ford F-150 pickup trucks, as well as a few specialty versions of the pickup. Two versions are the Raptor and the Harley Davidson special models of the truck. The tour is provides an excellent overview of the River Rouge Plant, and the history of Ford. Then we viewed the assembly plant from a catwalk around the assembly line.
After lunch, we visited the Livonia Transmission Plant. They showed us two process lines. The new process line is much more computerized, and uses robotics and computers to move parts. These advances in ergonomics has had a significant effect on the reduction of repetitive motion injuries, strains, and other musculoskeletal injuries. The Health and Safety staff from the UAW provided a great overview of the H&S program, and provided a wealth of information for us.