How the Jeep Wrangler is Made
As iconic and as popular as ever if sales numbers are anything to go by, the Jeep Wrangler is seemingly the quintessential Jeep. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) recently allowed cameras inside their Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio where 5,600 employees manufacture and assemble the Jeep Wrangler. According to statistics, employees at the Toledo plant can assemble about 50 Wrangler vehicles in an hour. Here’s how the Jeep Wrangler is made.
The Toledo complex in Ohio is a 3.65 million square foot facility where the above-mentioned 5,600 employees operate on two shifts to assemble the Jeep Wrangler. It all starts at the body shop where a body shop robot transfers the doors of a Wrangler into a laser welder. Nearby, at another section of the factory, robot arms get to work welding the frame. Up next the Wrangler heads to the paint shop where it receives its first coat of paint. The paint shop robots spray on a clear coat in order to protect the freshly-painted frame. Once the paint and clear coat both dry the Wrangler’s frame is inspected, waxed with a buffer, and any existing imperfections are removed. Primed, painted, and polished the Wrangler now moves on to the general assembly area.
First, employees use a hydraulic arm to move the powertrain off of a carrier. Lowering the powertrain into the Wrangler’s chassis is what follows, while back on the assembly line an employee is responsible for attaching the iconic Jeep badge and Wrangler decal to the body. Employees then place the chassis of the Wrangler on a carrier that rotates so that they have better access to the roof in the most ergonomically friendly manner possible. Once on the rotating carrier, an employee installs a header panel and the frame that headlights and grille mount to, while another employee is responsible for securing the mirror-mounting bracket during this phase as well. Up next is yet another robotic arm that lifts the Wrangler chassis and moves it to a different part of the assembly line.
Once the Wrangler is relocated on the assembly line another robot preps the front windshield with urethane, a compound that will ensure the windshield bonds to the chassis. What follows is another robot that grabs the windshield and presses it to the chassis as employees work simultaneously to install the instrument panel and the iconic seven-slot grille. Body and chassis decking follow as the Wrangler body is married to its frame as an ergonomic arm at another part of the factory preps the top options. After attaching the roof to the body, an employee uses a hydraulic arm to gently position doors on the Wrangler. The wheels follow as they’re lifted onto studs on the chassis as a robot with a five-pronged wrench, screws the lug nuts into place. Once the wheels are secured the Wrangler is fully assembled and is sent off for a final wash. Now that the Wrangler is considerably primed and prepped an employee is responsible for driving it off the factory floor.
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