Driving The Future
A large group of Diecasting Society Members had the privilege of visiting the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) on the i54 Business Park, near Wolverhampton, on 24th February 2016.
Participants were taken on a guided tour of the Machining Hall and Diesel Assembly Hall where they viewed Jaguar Land Rover’s extensive automated capabilities and were given a fascinating insight into the new Ingenium engine.
The EMC represents a £500 million investment by Jaguar Land Rover in a brand new facility producing in-house engines for the first time in a generation. Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, the engines are now being supplied to all three advanced UK vehicle manufacturing facilities – Halewood, Castle Bromwich and Solihull – for use in the Jaguar XE and XF, Discovery Sport and Evoque. The production of in-house engines will support the expansion of the UK supply chain, providing critical mass for inward investment.
The building itself is particularly SMART. Over 21,000 rooftop photovoltaic solar arrays have the capacity to produce up to 30% of the site’s energy, enough to power 1,600 homes.
Climate control is vital and is kept at 18 degrees centigrade thanks in part to the Victorian principal of south facing windows letting in maximum light but less heat.
Light is particularly noticeable in the production areas where workers have both space and natural daylight for ambient working conditions.
The Ingenium engine has 245 unique parts in the diesel version. It is both fuel-efficient and meets the low emission requirement of NCAP 6B. Produced in aluminium, the head and block are 20kg lighter than previous engines and both the liners and the block are cast for durability. Nemak cast the head and block and the crank is forged in steel by CIE. Arriving in super cubed form, Jaguar Land Rover then machines the components in its high-tech machining facility.
With less than fifty employees in the machining hall, the facility is extremely automated. For example, there are 32 processes the engine block goes through without being touched by human hand.
Diecasting Society Members toured the block, head and crank line before moving on to the assembly hall.
A more detailed report will be published in the next issue of Diecasting Society News.
This is just one of a range of highly sought after visit programmes planned by the Diecasting Society. To ensure you are included in future ones email: firstname.lastname@example.org