Just Some Numbers on Renault\'s Dacia Plant From Pitesti
|   Friday, July 12, 2013
Dacia is the main exporter of Romania with the company being responsible for 7.7 percent of total exports made ​​by this country during 2012.
To achieve this performance, Dacia focuses not only on actual production cars, but also on making parts for Renault and Nissan plants worldwide and has a diversified logistics that ships finished products on almost all continents.

For example, the Mioveni plant has the ability to produce 1414 cars a day, and the commands which are received at present allow 1390 cars per day to be made.
On average, the employees of Dacia are faced daily with two cars that are coming off the bench production with some small or large defects that are later corrected.

One of the base sections is the pressing department of the factory vehicles, which was recently expanded with a new line of presses, after the entry into production of the new Logan MCV. Here, 1,485 employees are working, of which 72 percent are male, and the program is non-stop, with three shifts of 8 hours, including Saturdays and Sundays.

They use 1,000 tons of steel per day and with the help of robots make 7.5 million parts per month. Half of these are devoted to the internal market, while half are exported to countries around the world such as Russia, India, Brazil, Colombia, Iran or South Africa.

These figures are possible thanks to new, fully automated stations, with seven robots and four presses. Only 8 human operators work here, but the efficiency is three times higher than in the case without control sections. In addition, the automated station noise level is 20 decibels lower than that of the manual sections.

The aluminum parts for gearboxes and engines manufactured in Pitesti and other Renault plants in Europe, South America and Asia, is made in kilns that reach temperatures up to 680 degrees, and the minimum pressure is 800 bars.

One of the last steps in the assembly department is equipping cars with tires which have an initial pressure of 3 bars, compared with the normal pressure of 2.1-2.3 bar. Depending on the engine and the country where it will be delivered, every car has the tank is filled with 3-5 liters of fuel after the car gets on a test bench. The test lasts 4 minutes, and consists of simulating all functions, including 0-100 km acceleration, braking and evaluation of various systems and technologies, including air conditioning. The last step is the effective testing of the car on a track with the length of 400 meters.

From Pitesti, the machines and the pieces made ​​by Dacia are transported in three ways. The simplest (and the less spectacular), is by road. A second possibility is transport by rail, either to Western Europe or to Constanta, and later transport to be achieved by sea.

Moreover, in total 44 percent of the parts and Dacia cars are transported by ship. The route is a classic: the Black Sea and then the Mediterranean Sea. A trip to Morocco lasts 12 days and one to India between 29-36 days. Basically, the parts go into worldwide factories owned by Renault and Nissan, while the cars pass through 68 countries.
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