In August 2018, in the Mercedes-Benz factory under construction in Jawor, the installation of the first devices, including a hot test cabin, began. The serial production of modern engines is to start in 2019. Daimler AG will invest over 2.1 billion PLN in the construction of the first factory in Poland. The investor decided to increase employment from 500 to 1,000 persons.
The Jawor factory will produce 4-cylinder engines for hybrid cars and with a conventional drive system, which will be delivered to Mercedez-Benz Cars plants around the world. Because of growing demand for modern drive units that will be produced inPoland, Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Poland decided to increase employment from 500 to 1,000 persons.
They will increase employment
The investor stresses that the highest production standards require state-of-the-art equipment, including control & measuring instruments. In Jawor, AVL’s hot test cabins will be used for checking all engine parameters and confirming their conformity with the manufacturer’s standards.
The advanced equipment will allow the personnel to detect precisely any potential discrepancies, including even the slightest deviations. The instruments will help to detect excessive noise, examine fuel consumption and possible leakages or check the engine torque and power.
‘Our investment is entering another stage – equipment of the production hall. In the first place, we are bringing supermodern test cabins to Jawor. Equipped with a drive system, a fuel and coolant delivery system, an exhaust gas disposal system, noise measurement microphones and an engine cooling system, they will be used for a detailed check of our products during the test,’ explains Andreas Schenkel, CEO Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Poland.
Transport at night
The cabins that will be installed in the Polish factory arrived in Jawor fromErfurt,Germany, where they are produced. The four steel containers are11 metresin length,5.5 metresin width and over4 metresin height. Because of their dimensions, they were transported by specially adapted cars without a chassis that occupy two lanes while on the road.
Transport on the A4 motorway took place only at night, making it possible to minimise difficulties. Two cabins were carried to Jawor at one time – after their delivery, cars returned toGermanyalong the same route to take further pieces.
Industry 4.0 and zero CO2 emission
The Mercedes-Benz factory in Jawor fits into the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), which is aimed at using supersmart machines that enable real-time information management or digital production floor management. The production process will also include the use of augmented reality (AR) and Big Data analyses that significantly support employees’ work during production and installation.
The Polish manufacturing plant will be the most modern Mercedes-Benz factory in the world. It will utilise the technologies that will help to achieve the full reduction of CO2 consumption – 100 per cent of electric energy will come from renewable sources.
The factory is also planning to implement solutions that will allow paper documentation to be fully eliminated. It is significant that technological solutions introduced in Jawor will be implemented in other Mercedes factories after the test phase.