Ford's Revamped Cleveland Plant Begins Building EcoBoost Engines
In one of the few bright bits of Big Three news this week, Ford Motor Company has reopened its Cleveland Engine Plant #1 and commenced building the first batch of its EcoBoost engines. The 3.5-liter V6s turned out there will be used the 2010 Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT and Ford Flex and to power the new Ford Taurus SHO. Down since 2007, the Cleveland facility underwent a $55-million update/upgrade process to prepare it for making this new generation of Ford's high-efficiency/low-emission engines. Using a state-of-the-art flexible manufacturing system, the plant is now capable of undergoing retooling and reprogramming processes with minimal interruption to the actual build process. Each engine also will roll off the line with its own comprehensive "birth history." Stored in a microchip database that contains hundreds of critical metrics, this unique e-documentation element will permit engineers to monitor and control quality, and to make necessary adjustments or revisions in a timely manner.