Thursday, October 22, 2015

Montgomery, Alabama - Hyundai Plant Tour

It's difficult to get a representative picture of the tour of the Hyundai plant. Photos along the way are not allowed.

Therefore, we'll have to settle for a shot of the main entrance for visitors. If you think it's well-maintained, well, the whole plant seems to be like that.

Factory tours are always interesting, especially when it comes to complicated items. Putting together Elantras and Sonatas, though, is a bit tougher than making pretzels. Somehow, a bunch of metal comes in the front door, and after a series of 48-second stops around the complex, it comes out as a car. This goes on for 24 hours a day, five days a week.

The star attractions are the robots. There are thousands of humans involved in the work, but the robots help out along the way to do some of the heavy lifting. They are also very accurate, and don't take many breaks. By the way, employees do different jobs during the course of the day to decrease the tedium. And many give the tourists a smile and a wave as they pass by on a tram.

It's a big plant, with about five buildings, but it's quite interesting to see how a car is put together. For example, Hyundai can switch paint colors instantly, so it's not a case of doing a few dozen blue ones, and then changing cans and doing white ones.

But why not see for yourself, through the magic of YouTube?


Make sure to make a reservation well in advance. Your reward at the end is that you get an email address to ask for a good discount on your next new Hyundai purchase. And remember that Hyundai rhymes with Sunday and Monday, at least in the United States.

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