HCM Operations

Stamping

The stamping department provides stamped parts to Plant 1 and Plant 2. Steel coils are straightened and punched into blanks that are loaded into the press line. Two press lines a four-press tandem press line and a transfer press line press, cut, and shape vehicle panels for both plants. Parts are formed using dies, which are made up of two parts a top and a bottom. The press squeezes the two sides together to form the part. Steel that is cut away from the part drops below the presses and is collected by a conveyer. This steel is recycled.

HCM Associates inspect the parts as they are made, to ensure high quality. Parts are then delivered to the Weld department.

Sheet metal body and chassis components are cut and shaped using a series of presses.

Weld

The welding process starts with highly sophisticated and programmable robots which seal and spot-weld sub-assemblies together. Additional parts such as the hood, doors, and trunk or tailgate are prepared in a separate hemming area. These parts, as well as the fenders, are then attached to the car body before it proceeds to the paint department. A special steel, called galvanneal, is used for exterior parts to prevent corrosion.

Paint

The welded body is prepared for painting by passing through a series of dip tanks for cleaning, chemical pre-treatment, phosphating and electro-deposition coating for corrosion protection. This is followed by the robotic application of a sealer and a sound deadener. The body is then prepared for top coating by applying anti-chip primer and surfacer. The topcoat finish can consist of a base coat/clear coat, base coat/tinted clear or solid finish. All paint surfaces are applied robotically. After each coat of paint, the body passes through a baking oven.

In the welding department, the steel panels from the stamping process and additional metal parts received from suppliers are spot-welded together using robotics and automation to form a precise, rigid body. Parts such as the hood and doors are then added to form the completed "white body".

Bumper Paint

Bumper paint manufactures bumpers for the Honda Civic, and receives unpainted bumpers supplied by a Canadian manufacturer for other models. After a cleaning process, primer, then base coat and clear coat are applied to the bumpers, with drying processes at each stage.

In the welding department, the steel panels from the stamping process and additional metal parts received from suppliers are spot-welded together using robotics and automation to form a precise, rigid body. Parts such as the hood and doors are then added to form the completed "white body".

Final Assembly

This department brings the many sub-assembled parts together on the vehicle. Major and minor components are installed in the painted body; for example, the engine, seats and the instrument panel. Doors are removed from the vehicle shortly after it enters the assembly line and they are sub-assembled in a separate area. The doors rejoin the vehicle shortly before the end of the line. Assist devices, padded flooring and other features provide an ergonomically friendly environment.

Vehicle Quality

As the completed vehicle leaves the assembly line, this department tests the brakes and alignment, then drives each vehicle on an outdoor test track to check functionality as well as listen for squeaks, rattles and wind noise. After the test drive, the vehicle undergoes a water leak test. The finished product is moved to our distribution centre to be shipped to a dealer.

Mechanical, electrical, upholstered and other components including the engine are installed on the painted body in a carefully timed sequence as the vehicle is assembled.

Other Departments

In addition to the main production departments, a number of other areas serve a support role. These include:

Purchasing Division

The purchasing division procures parts, equipment, and supplies, as well as working with suppliers to ensure high quality and timely delivery.

Administration Division

This division includes accounting, information systems, human resources, communications, production control, facilities, and safety and environmental functions.

Quality Engineering Division

The quality engineering division consists of the market quality and product engineering departments.

New Model Division

The new model division coordinates the smooth and efficient introduction of new models, as well as execution of full and minor model changes.