Ford automates the process that helps make cars safer
Ford is the first manufacturer to completely automate the process that helps make cars even safer.
Starting from what was once the technique used to protect knights with their armor from their rivals, Ford is applying a futuristic version of the fully automated hot working process capable of shaping and cutting car parts that are fundamental to protection of drivers and passengers.
Using huge furnaces, robots and lasers capable of operating up to 3000° C, hot-formed steel components are placed in a hydraulic press and then molded and cooled in just three seconds.
The boron steel used, the most resistant ever used in the automotive industry that is also found in high-rise buildings and helps to achieve a 40% improvement in impact resistance, is so durable that to precisely cut each component in its final form a laser beam warmer than the lava is required.
Hot working is an integral part of the production of the new Focus, which integrates the so-developed boron steel safety cell and has enabled it to obtain five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests.
The area dedicated to hot processing, integrated into the Ford factory in Saarlouis, Germany, was built as part of Ford's recent 600 million euro investment, and will be used to make safer even more models in the range of the Blue Oval brand.