It feels as if the Jeep Wrangler is as popular as ever if its recent sales numbers are anything to judge by, but Jeep has been delivering the iconic vehicle to the hands of motorists for over 32 years now. Ever wonder how the Jeep Wrangler is assembled? Follow along as we detail exactly how the Wrangler is assembled at the brand’s Toledo Complex in Ohio.
The Wrangler, one of the most recognized vehicles in the world, is assembled at a 3.65 million square foot facility by over 5,600 employees who operate on two different shifts. At this particular factory employees are capable of assembling around 50 Jeep Wrangler vehicles per hour – not bad considering how in demand they are! Naturally, every Jeep Wrangler starts where every Jeep Wrangler owner never ever wants to have to visit: a body shop. At the body shop, a robot is responsible for transferring the doors of the Jeep Wrangler into a laser welder. At a distant part in the same factory, there’s another robot with multiple arms welding the frame. Next up is the fun part where the wrangler receives its first coat of paint. Paint shop robots are subsequently responsible for applying a clear coat to protect the paint. The Wrangler is then waxed and buffed to remove any imperfections before heading down the assembly line.
Now it’s time for the general assembly; using a hydraulic arm employees move the powertrain off of a carrier and lower it into the Wrangler’s chassis. The chassis is placed on a special carrier with the ability to rotate as it provides the best access to the roof of the Wrangler while allowing for the most ergonomically friendly workplace for employees. Before moving onto the next step another employee adheres the Jeep badge and Wrangler decal to the body. After the decal and badge make a Wrangler official, an employee installs the header panel (the frame that the grille and headlights mount to), while another employee secures the mirror mounting bracket.
A robotic arm returns to the action as it lifts the Wrangler chassis and places it on a different part of the assembly line. According to Jeep, the arms is easier to maintain than a conveyor system and boasts a reach of around 12 feet. While the body of the Wrangler moves down the assembly line, another robot preps the front windshield with urethane to allow the windshield glass to bond to the chassis. Once the windshield is pressed and secured to the chassis, an employee carefully navigates the instrument panel around the metal frame and installs it where it belongs. Down the line employees manually attach the notorious seven-slot grille.
Body and chassis decking is up next – the step where the Wrangler body is married to the frame. An ergonomic arm is then used to transport the corresponding roof (hardtop, soft top, or even the all-new One-Touch Sky Power Top) to where another employee is waiting to seize it and attach it to the body. With the roof in place, an employee will now use a hydraulic arm to gently position the doors on the Wrangler, while the wheels are then lifted onto the studs on the chassis. A robot screws the lug nuts into place and the Wrangler is now fully assembled. After a final wash employees are free to drive the finished Wrangler off the factory floor.
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