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Brampton Metrology Center improves quality control

by Bill Cawthon on

As the Brampton Assembly Plant celebrates the production launches of the new Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and the 2011 Dodge Challenger, the future owners of those cars now have an extra measure of quality assurance, thanks to the plant’s new Metrology Center that opened in September.

The 10,670 square-meter (35,000 sq-feet) lab is the result of a $20 million investment, and is the third metrology lab in the company. The two other ones are at Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, and Toluca Assembly Plant in Mexico. Chrysler Group has already broken ground for a new one for the Belvidere Assembly Plant. Eventually, each assembly plant will have a metrology lab, according to Srini Sureddi, senior manager for Standard Dimensionalization.

Though about 20 people regularly work at the plant, Sureddi said he wants the Metrology Centre to be a “conduit for problem solving” and anyone can be involved.

The center uses an array of laser and other measuring devices on the thousands of seams, cuts, molds and other parts of the vehicles being built. Early on during the pilot programs and pre-production plans for the 300, Charger and Challenger, employees at the center were busy testing to ensure the manufacturing and assembly equipment and process for each was within specification.

Even during full production, the centre is being used for quality assurance and whenever any issues arise. In addition, the BAP Metrology Center is used to inspect, verify and approve internal and external supplier parts used for the vehicles.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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