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 While there was still a twenty-five-meter construction pit on the grounds, we could put on headsets and already see the complete production hall.” That was not meant as a pleasant diversion. It saved a lot of time by en- abling the team to determine how they would install the production and conveyor systems, with detailed specifications right down to the last inch. “Collisions” and planning mistakes were immediately evident. “It enabled us to minimize the inevitable risks involved with a new production system, new car, new drivetrain, and many new employees,” says Kirchert.
The new plant was finished in the record time of just seventeen months: twelve for the building itself and five for its systems. In parallel to that, the first cars in the preliminary series were already being made at the pilot center. “We deliberately included people who would later be working on
standard-series production, and also the operating systems we’d be us- ing later on like the automated guided vehicles (AGV) and handling equip- ment,” Luth explains.
Standard-series production is now underway. Because space in Zuffen- hausen is limited, the Taycan is being made on three levels. Visitors to the Taycan production facility might be surprised to see that people have not been replaced by robots. As Friedl reports, “We have hired and inten- sively trained 1,500 new employees for the Taycan and its derivative the Cross Turismo.” The underlying principle of Porsche Production 4.0, as the current production concept is called, continues to emphasize a focus on people. “As far as we are concerned, the aim of Industry 4.0 is to support workers. It will make manual processes more effective and enhance their
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