Overall Quality during Pandemic

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I am in metro Detroit. Manufacturing, in particular was called out as able to stay open by the governor. The auto industry still wields a lot of power here. My understanding is the plants themselves have been reasonably safe from community spread of Covid. The Bronco, if it uses the same suppliers as the Ranger, should or could actually rank as the highest US made content vehicle in the market as well. Hopefully we aren't to far away from a vaccine. I worry less about the quality of the vehicles as the ability to train and launch on time. My dealer has mentioned twice that scheduling and getting reps into the dealerships has been delayed. By the way, deer season is probably slowing down production more than covid this week. 565K firearm deer hunters are in the woods right now :oops:





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I'm union, and I'll be the first to say there's some really sh!tty union workers, and some really good ones. It's almost like we're just regular people.

The product we put out hasn't changed in quality, still has to pass the same checks. Our volume has sure ramped up though, demand is through the roof and so is OT.

You haven’t worked in an automobile assembly plant have you?
I think he's previously said he works for Ford.
 

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There are problems. The popularity has caught Ford off guard even if this was a normal time to release a brand new vehicle. The virus has made things worse down the supply chain of venders who were going to have hard time filling orders on first off parts in the best of times. Hope they don't fall back on second rate vendors to get those orders filled.
 

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Robots don't care about COVID j/k
I know it's a joke, but if they use Fanuc robots those things can be more finicky than people, and they still need people to set them up.
 

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I am NOT worried about any quality related issues....pandemic related. What MAY be of CONCERN is pandemic related delays, part supplier issues. THAT is a concern.....
 

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Technology is technology, regardless of industry,, electronic circuit cards,, LCD displays, etc.

In the last three weeks I've gone through two high end, brand new, just ordered, Dell laptops with defective displays. Tomorrow I will order the third and final one, the second replacement. If this one is no good I will get a refund and wait or buy another brand, which I don't want to do as I'm use to and like the Dell keyboard layout.
 

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I'm union, and I'll be the first to say there's some really sh!tty union workers, and some really good ones. It's almost like we're just regular people.

The product we put out hasn't changed in quality, still has to pass the same checks. Our volume has sure ramped up though, demand is through the roof and so is OT.


I think he's previously said he works for Ford.
Ya I’m 21 years in as a union career firefighter

Unions aren’t perfect and can be a pain in certain aspects but I also know as someone who has helped negotiate Union contracts that much of my bread has been buttered by our great union..
 

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Ya I’m 21 years in as a union career firefighter

Unions aren’t perfect and can be a pain in certain aspects but I also know as someone who has helped negotiate Union contracts that much of my bread has been buttered by our great union..
I'm union as well (not automotive) and my issue is that Unions make sure that ineptitude goes unchecked. Hell, half of managers were worthless and so they get promoted above the point they can mess anything up because Unions don't care if you promote...only demote or fire.

Maybe it's the public sector, but a little less union might be a good thing.
 

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I'm union as well (not automotive) and my issue is that Unions make sure that ineptitude goes unchecked. Hell, half of managers were worthless and so they get promoted above the point they can mess anything up because Unions don't care if you promote...only demote or fire.

Maybe it's the public sector, but a little less union might be a good thing.
In my field the managers aren't union so we have no say in their promotions. The union does protect some turds though.
 

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I think honestly pandemic help quality. More things meticulous. More work cells be cleaned. Less ppl in the work cell in general so more jobs will be one thing at a time not many ppl working things at the same time.

Timing is all I think it's going to affect.
 

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I know it's a joke, but if they use Fanuc robots those things can be more finicky than people, and they still need people to set them up.
I dont know about the Bronco side of MAP, but looking at This video
it appears at least the Ranger side of the body shop is using Kawasaki robots. Except for the one Fanuc that takes the cab off of the pallet and puts it on the skids

As a matter of fact, I'm trying to work out some FANUC issues right now 🤬🤬🤬
 

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I dont know about the Bronco side of MAP, but looking at This video
it appears at least the Ranger side of the body shop is using Kawasaki robots. Except for the one Fanuc that takes the cab off of the pallet and puts it on the skids

As a matter of fact, I'm trying to work out some FANUC issues right now 🤬🤬🤬
I have a love/hate relationship with Fanuc, on the one hand their existence is part of why I have my job, on the other they can be a b!tch.

That one is a beast. Our biggest one only has to lift 50lb, but it does it every 2-3 seconds for eternity. Our other one is only a guide, and if the operator sets it up wrong and puts any weight on it it will fault out.
 

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I have a love/hate relationship with Fanuc, on the one hand their existence is part of why I have my job, on the other they can be a b!tch.

That one is a beast. Our biggest one only has to lift 50lb, but it does it every 2-3 seconds for eternity. Our other one is only a guide, and if the operator sets it up wrong and puts any weight on it it will fault out.
You should see the one that does that same job, but on an Expedition/Navigator!
 

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