Minimal disruption to plant
Strict time window achieved
Enhanced production capacity
The Nissan production facility located in Pretoria, South Africa, employs around 2,500 people and manufactures a range of light commercial vehicles and pick-up trucks. As part of a $200m investment, it was selected to manufacture the next-generation Navarra for 45 countries across the continent.
To facilitate this, key bodywork stamping equipment needed to be relocated inside the plant, without impeding pre-existing production lines for the NP200 and NP300 models. With its range of technologies allowing lifts to take place in tight spaces and to strict schedules, ALE was chosen to undertake the project.
The 77.4t crown of press 18 needed to be relocated to another press bed within the plant. The job required both a dog leg longitudinal and transverse movement and for the crown to be rotated mid-manoeuvre to finish the operation 180ۣ° rotated relative to its starting position.
The job needed to be completed within two weeks in order to minimise the impact on other plant operations. There were also physical challenges, for example the crown press had four connecting rods protruding from its base, increasing the overall height to which it must be lifted in order to clear the press bed and uprights.