For over 50 years now, every truck has earned its star.
400 vehicles a day, well over three million overall: the Mercedes-Benz factory in Wörth is the world’s largest truck assembly plant. Trucks have been built here for over 50 years now – and every one of them has earned its Mercedes star. The production process begins with the body-in-white. After the sheet metal panels have been welded together, the first visual check is carried out: four cameras on robots’ arms scan the relevant items. “Every cab has to undergo this quality inspection,” says Jürgen Olberding, head of the body-in-white department. The inspection system raises the alarm on detecting deviations of as little as 1.5 millimetres. Such discrepancies hardly ever occur in the production process, however. When they do, the cab undergoes a further in-depth examination in a separate room.
Should the deviations be confirmed, this is the time to take countermeasures in the production department. “Drivers can be assured that the cabs in which they sit possess absolute Mercedes-Benz quality.”