Cobots are working alongside engineers at Ford’s Cologne plant to sand the entire body surface of Ford Fiesta’s in 35 seconds.

However, Ford says it doesn’t replace employees, just allows more time on more complex tasks.

Senior Manufacturing Engineer of Paint Shop Ford of Europe, Dennis Kuhn, said “The cobots can feel when more force needs to be applied, just like we can, and they can more easily get to hard-to-reach places, like the centre of the roof.”

Firstly, each Ford Fiesta is submerged in a bath providing more than 10 years of corrosion protection. 6 cobots will smooth away small flecks on the surface. Employees will make a check of the vehicle before primer application.

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