A host of Blue Oval manufacturing facilities have celebrated milestones in recent years, including the Kansas City Assembly plant building one million Ford Transit vans, the Dagenham Engine plant producing the two-millionth Ford 2.0L EcoBlue diesel engine, the Pacheco Assembly plant assembling one million Ford Ranger pickups, and the Ford Sanand Engine plant winning “Best of the Best” honors in the IMG Productivity Awards. Now the Ford Sanand Engine plant is celebrating a production milestone of its own – building one million powerplants.
The one-millionth engine just rolled off the Panther production line at the Sanand plant, which began operating back in 2015. Over the ensuing years, it has built engines for a wide variety of vehicles, including the Ford EcoSport, Figo, Aspire, Endeavor, Ranger, and Ranger Raptor, and continues to produce single- and twin-turbocharged versions of the 2.0L Panther powerplant for Vietnam, Thailand, and Argentina.
The Ford Sanand Engine plant was previously recognized for its creative efforts to reduce bottlenecks in the block machining process. Those efforts helped to eliminate non-value-added activities and breakdowns, while also removing unplanned downtime through innovative changes to the way employees carried out maintenance and tool change tasks. Specifically in honing operations, the team improved tool life by 25 percent while also increasing jobs-per-hour (JPH) by five percent, which kept production flowing amid ongoing supply chain issues.
“It’s fantastic to reach this milestone. Along with the one-millionth engine milestone, the team continues to deliver excellence in quality at the efficient cost base.” said Anil Patel, Site Plant Manager, Ford Sanand. “We continue to drive diversity, equality, and inclusion – creating opportunities for the differently abled personnel in our mainstream operations. Looking forward to achieving so much more in the years to come through continued resilience on our Ford OS behavior – Focus and Collaboration. Thank you to everyone involved in the past and the present, for us to be able to achieve this excellent landmark number.”