Year 10 Product Design students recently enjoyed an amazing day at the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Halewood. Here they learnt first-hand about a range of topics such as mass production, flexible manufacturing, ‘just in time’ production and lean manufacturing. They gained a valuable insight into different quality control and quality assurance procedures, which they can now use in their Product Design work.
Students were taken to the factory and given a tour around different manufacturing stations. They saw cars at different stages of manufacture and witnessed the amazingly well-organised procedure that allows high quality cars to be produced quickly and with little wasted time and money.
We saw the press forming of car doors, spot welding of body parts, assembly and finishing techniques. They were also able to see the new James Bond car during its visit to the factory.
Part of the day was also dedicated to challenging the students. They were asked to create a vehicle of their own design and race it along a track to see which car travelled furthest. Teams worked hard to develop strong, aerodynamic cars and tracks that would allow the vehicles to travel along them smoothly and without collision.
This was an excellent day out of school, seeing theory put into practice and the application of Product Design learning in the workplace.