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  • “Skillet” Quality Control

    One of the major enhancements brought into the Plant during last fall’s thirteen week gutting, then replacing with all new equipment, was the introduction of the “skillet” system for transporting of chassis, then later in the process, the married chassis and body.

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    Skillet picture thanks to CorvetteBlogger.

    There are many advantages to the skillet system compared previously. Foremost to the employees, is that its skillet’s underneath “vertical bellows” system allows the height of the chassis/body to be infinitely height raised or lowered to make it easier on the employees ergonomically. As most of us personally know, if our backs, hips and knees are not hurting, we perform better quality work. Additionally, the precise height adjustment allows parts to be installed easier, quicker and with less damage to them, and less damage to adjoining parts.

    A second major enhancement of the skillet system also benefits Corvette owners. Compared to before the skillets were employed, when almost every body panel was installed on the car prior to the car resting on its suspension, using the current skillet system allows the weight of the body/chassis to fully rest on the suspension before the body panels are installed, a process that has resulted in better final body panel alignment, uniformity of panel “gap,” and better panel in/out lasting adjustments.

    Are we not sick of automedia incessantly complaining about both the Corvette paint and its panel fit-n-finish. Who among us has not complained about body panel fit-n-finish on older Corvettes, including on some of the C7’s being assembled before the skillet system was employed.

    Thanks to the combination of the new $435M paint shop and the skillet system, we are already witnessing significant improvements in both of those areas.

    Thank you skillets!

    While these two major improvements have been noticed and are appreciated, every one of us wishes that the design of the “body panel attachment system” for the ME is going to be even better, e.g., our unanimously hoping the C8 evolutionally has even further improved body panel fit.
    Last edited by John; 11-23-2018, 12:35 PM.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

  • #2
    I want to see them, and the rest of the plant, in action. BGA withdrawal setting in for me.
    Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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    • #3
      Skillets are cool. Glad the employees will be more comfortable as they build our corvettes..

      im sure the build quality will go up because of it.

      panel fit improvements will be a cool bemefit too..

      i never minded the panel fit of corvettes yet improvements will be appreciated..

      thanks for the cool heads up

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      • #4
        When i worked summers on an auto assembly line, literally fifty years ago (time flies when you are having fun), it was constant bending down, reaching down and into restricted places, and/or lifting over your head — sometimes heavy items. There was no air conditioning in the plant, so on a summer day when I walked in at 6:00 AM, it would be between 100 and 104 degrees, and at the end of each day, was over 115 degrees in the plant, a few days over 120. And we worked at a pace of 56 cars/trucks per hour.

        No wonder the vehicles we built were such poor quality.
        Last edited by John; 11-24-2018, 11:07 AM.
        GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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        • #5
          Working all day long in a super heated factory is a ticket to poor quality control.

          I was so pleased in 1998 when I did my first tour of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, that it was delightfully air conditioned. Also pleased to see some of the employees wearing nice, white clothing (many in far nicer than T-shirts), for that made it clear to me that this was a clean plant.
          Enjoying my Shadow gray C8. What a car it is.

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          • #6
            After watching this video and with an approaching (12/3) TPW and after going through the buyers tour for our 2016, it just confirms with me how much the shut-down of tours really sucks.

            Having said that, this video enforces the fact that production of these cars is amazing.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by noxqq View Post
              After watching this video and with an approaching (12/3) TPW and after going through the buyers tour for our 2016, it just confirms with me how much the shut-down of tours really sucks.

              Having said that, this video enforces the fact that production of these cars is amazing.
              Well said. No way to sugar coat how disappointed you must be.
              GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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