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This is Your Rampvan! – Day Two Recap
Day two of “This is Your Rampvan!” was full of activity as Barbara Reed’s Rampvan continues its trip down the BraunAbility production line. We’ve been following its progress on the
BraunAbility Facebook page. In case you missed out on all the action – or if you’re not a Facebook user – here’s a photographic recap of today’s activity. Tomorrow we’ll continue our journey!
This poster is on the van throughout the conversion process, so team members have the opportunity to learn about the person they’re building the van for.
The Process Track 1 team meets briefly before the day’s production begins.
At stations 6 & 7, the sparks really start to fly as the lowered floor installation continues. Here, Frank and Kevin are welding the rear wall of the lowered floor into place.
Love to see those sparks flying! Station 7 is the final stop in Process Track 1. Next we’ll move on to Process Track 2 which ends with painting – there will be a lot going on today!
OK, just one more picture of the sparks – they’re so much fun to watch! This completes the installation of the lowered floor.
At Station #8, we install heavy duty struts to “beef up” the suspension. Next up, seam sealing at Stations 9 & 10.
Station #10: The van enters the seam sealer booth so the entire floor can be primed, seam-sealed and primed again.
To ensure quality control (and to save the rest of the team members on the line from the fumes) the van is in the seam-sealer booth during the whole process.
This is Sam, Toyota Process Track II Owner, and supervisor of an 11-member team. He’s noticed a major improvement in how implementing LEAN has streamlined and organized the manufacturing process.
Station #11: Mac and Marcus are installing new fuel, AC and brake lines. The van will also get a new rear axle and exhaust system.
The kneel system actuator, responsible for lowering the van’s rear suspension to reduce the ramp angle, is also installed at this station.
Station #12: Bronson adds the brake and coolant fluids now that the new lines and hoses have been installed.
Pick a color, any color! The line-up of paint cans, continuously mixed for quality, are ready and waiting for the next stop the paint booth.
Station #13: Time to roll into the paint booth! The booth’s doors are sealed during painting to keep dust and other particles from adhering to the paint surface.
Before Cullen sprays the white paint to match the van’s original color, the floor is lined with an etching substance that bonds to the stainless steel floor and provides exceptional rust protection.
Cullen puts on the finishing touches, and then it’s time for a little break as Barbara’s van heads to the last stop of the day the drying station. Since we know you don’t want to sit and watch the paint dry, this is our last post for today – we’ll start up bright and early at 6:30am tomorrow. See you then!