Barcelona factory which uses 2,000 ‘dancing’ robots to build its cars

ROBO-BOP Inside SEAT’s Barcelona factory which uses 2,000 ‘dancing’ robots to build its motors

The Spanish motor giant's production line is a thing of beauty as its army of robots work in perfect harmony

By Dan Elsom 8th May 2018, 10:26 am Updated: 8th May 2018, 10:55 am

SPANISH car giant SEAT has opened up its factory to show fans how the motors are made - and it's truly mesmerising.

The automaker uses around 2,000 robots to build each of its cars at the Barcelona factory and they work in perfect synchronisation.

The "dancing" robots link together in a neat harmony to ensure a new car body is built to precision every 68 seconds.

The company employs more than 7,000 members of staff at its Martorell production facility near Barcelona.

But the state-of-the-art factory robots are at the centre of the production line.

The mechanical workforce move vertically and horizontally on rails and can perform 720 degree turns.

They range from one to seven metres in length, can handle weights of up to 700kg and work on up to 2,300 parts daily - all with perfect dance-like timing.

The robots help relieve human colleagues of repetitive work and heavy lifting, but they are also capable of more sophisticated roles.

The intelligent tech can perform tasks like welding, bolting, applying adhesives and measuring possible body faults of up to two-tenths of a millimetre with their measuring sensors.

And while the robots work, a team of 390 staff keep an eye on the needs of the facilities, ensuring they are operating correctly.

SEAT has now released a video showcasing the robots in action as they "dance" to classical music.

The Martorell factory, which is the size of 400 football fields, is celebrating its 25th birthday this year - with almost ten million vehicles rolling off the production line over the past quarter-of-a-century.

In 2017, SEAT achieved worldwide sales of nearly 470,000 vehicles.

Martorell is one of the biggest car production facilities in Europe.

While car sales in the UK have fallen significantly this year SEAT is one of the few firms to buck the trend - with registrations up 14 per cent in 2018.


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