Change is not something that occurs often in the golf car industry and when it does, you generally have to be a real insider to notice it. But when the people at Club Car realized that they could take incremental improvements only so far, they decided to get some fresh thinking from Detroit and completely change their product and process.
This may be the first engine machining facility that is based on machines that make remarkably quick moves. And it may represent the means by which Ford will maintain its cutting-edge position in manufacturing powertrains—and not insignificant profits.
Let's face it: no matter what kind of bearings are used in the spindle and no matter whether it is a linear motor or a highly capable ballscrew system, how parts are fixtured for high-speed production machining makes all the difference in the world when it comes to productivity.