Tesla Motors Represents the Future of Tech
Tesla Motors is truly a company of the future. Tesla vehicles are widely recognized as some of the most well-crafted and advanced electric vehicles ever produced.
But to create these cars, Tesla’s had to restructure much the manufacturing process by replacing most human factory workers with highly advanced automated smart robots - while maintaining thousands of jobs. That is a huge engineering feat.
The Tesla factory is situated in Silicon Valley. It is the largest automobile plant on the entire North American continent, with an area of 5.3 million square feet on 370+ acres of land. It is unquestionably one of the world’s most innovative and futuristic factories. Tesla had to revolutionize the assembly process of their high-tech cars because they identified key obstacles in electric car manufacturing; Tesla noted that factory employees will be tired of doing the same tedious task everyday - this would lower productivity, which eventually would lead to slowed car production.
It is scientifically proven that humans will eventually get weary of doing consistent, monotonous tasks. Additionally, humans do not have the capability to perform some of the physically demanding duties that are part of the car production process. So, Elon Musk, the genius billionaire Chief Executive of Tesla, devised a fully automated production facility. He saw many advantages to automating the assembly operations. Automated robots can do tasks much faster than humans; they're hard-wired machines and will not experience boredom in doing repetitive exercises. Unlike humans, robots are able to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - and for free (or to be more accurate, after a one-time charge between $80,000 - $150,000 per robot, depending on the type of robot). Artificial Intelligence is beneficial in all these aspects. It can be implemented in numerous, complex ways. Tesla is also determined to fully power its factories by using energy from renewable sources. By employing complete automation and harnessing eco-friendly energy for power, Tesla is maximizing efficiency, saving money, reducing production time, and firmly establishing its position as a leader in technology in the modern era.
Tesla Motors owns ten of the largest robots on the planet. It could take months to construct a single unit of this type of machine, as they are equipped with advanced software and hardware, and are AI powered. Car manufacturing has numerous aspects, including: heavy lifting, moving, exterior sculpting, interior assembly, spray painting, etc. Most Tesla factory machines are designed to perform one specific task, but some of the larger machines can run multiple different tasks. A single Tesla car needs to go through over 150 special-task robots before it is inspected for safety. A single assembly line can produce more than 1,000 cars a week. Tesla plans to add more assembly lines in the near future to speed up its Model 3 production.
To date, the company has boosted up its production rate by 400%+ by implementing automation in its factory. Tesla plans to increase its car production to an ambitious 500,000 a year by early 2018 by doubling the size of its factory - to 10 million square feet and hire thousands of new employees. Of course, this means more smart machines will be needed. Tesla also wants to integrate an autopilot system and run on AI for its future car models. This automobile giant is not only making advancements in car production, but it is also making a name for itself as a prominent tech company.
For more information about Tesla, check out their website at the following link: https://www.tesla.com/factory
Another good article to check out is MIT Technology's review on Tesla's contribution to the Electric Car industry: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/516961/how-tesla-is-driving-electric-car-innovation/