This is How a Gearbox is Made
- SEAT Componentes manufactures 18 million parts every year to assemble more than 660,000 gearboxes
- 15,000 tonnes of aluminium are smelted every year, enough to make 220 commercial airliners
- Gears are changed over 500,000 times during the service life of a gearbox
Martorell, 03/03/2017.- The SEAT Componentes plant in El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona, has been allocated the Volkswagen Group’s new MQ281 gearbox, a part that will be made there for the entire world. For the first time, a carmaker has installed POV cameras at different stages of the manufacturing process to show everything involved in making them in an accelerated video lasting 60 seconds.
- 250,000 kilometre lifespan: The parts that are manufactured in-house undergo heat treatment to ensure their durability, and can remain up to 14 hours at a temperature of 900°C. This process enables the service life of a gearbox to be multiplied by 5,000, which is estimated to be an average of 250,000 kilometres. During its service life, 500,000 gear changes on average are performed.
-A process that recycles: At the SEAT Componentes plant, 95% of the aluminium used gets recycled, as well as the majority of the oils and other consumables used in the manufacturing process.