As promised here is a short video from the insides of the plant.
Day 2. Today I will actually participate in producing a smart. In order to ensure a smooth production, every step of the production process is thoroughly planned and all parts have their special location. The assembly line is divided into different stations. At each station something else is done. My station today was “installation headlights”. I liked that station; it feels like giving the smart eyes. Along the assembly line, you can find all the different parts needed for the installation. On one side of the line the different types of headlights are stored. In total 4 different types are available – a European, a US/ Canada and two Brabus version. A sheet of paper attached to the windshield tells me which headlights that specific smart will get. On the other side of the line, you find screws and tools that you need to install the headlights. And then I was ready to go … the smart arrives, I check the sheet on the windshield to know which type of headlights needs to be installed. Then I take the right type of headlights from the shelf and the cordless screwdriver. The screws are in a belt which I wear. They are magnetic which makes it easier to screw them into the car – I need three per headlight. I connect the headlights to the car and screw. And done. Next one.
To create a nicer work atmosphere, workers can hand in CDs and music requests which are played during the day. I enjoyed listening to music while I was working. In general, the factory is a good place to work. The windows allow the daylight to come in and close to all work stations are doors that lead to the outside where workers can enjoy their break and go out for a blow. For lunch or dinner, workers and office employees can go to the factory cafeteria. It is located at the fourth floor of the building and allows a nice view over the country side. In summer you can sit outside on the roof top. I had the feeling that smart is not only a production plant but although a good place to work where people know each other and enjoy being.