DT Trip to Mini, Oxford - Hurstpierpoint College

DT Trip to Mini, Oxford

All Vth Form pupils studying Design and Technology went on a tour of the Mini plant in Cowley, Oxford, to see how a new Mini is manufactured every 68 seconds. The Cowley plant was founded in 1913 and has been in constant production ever since, making it one of the oldest car plants in the world.

Starting their tour with body-in-white, pupils were able to link the theory they had learnt about flexible-manufacturing systems as they saw pressed steel panels welded together with the help of 1200 robots.  In final assembly, we were able to experience the slick just-in-time final assembly line where this design icon comes together, as well as real world examples of commercial manufacturing and the concepts behind them.

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