- Apr 16, 2006
Ford's Oakville assembly plant to go wireless, eh?
Ford Motor Company is cutting the cord at its Oakville assembly plant. No, the site isn't the latest casualty of The Way Forward-- quite the opposite. As part of a $1 billion dollar investment, the automaker is taking the 486,000 square-meter site wireless.
The facility will feature a transponder lane for trucks called 'Fast Gate,' that will automatically open the main gate and record the time/location/cargo of vehicles entering the site. The entire factory, which is set to produce the new Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers will have wireless internet access, thanks to 65 antennas placed throughout the complex.
The technology infusion will reportedly help the plant's 'just in time' production methods, as well as increase flexibility and efficiency.
[Source: The Canadian Press via CanadianBusiness.com]