Castle Bromwich’s TIC Team, ‘Loose Change’ talk about their project.
Castle Bromwich’s TIC Team, ‘Loose Change’ have made a flying start to their project that is looking at establishing a lock off procedure when working with electric vehicles.
The Plant Launch workshop is where new models and updates first arrive at the plant, so with Castle Bromwich’s electrified future afoot, the Launch Team have been busy ensuring there are processes in place to achieve the highest levels of safety when working on these new types of powered vehicle.
Some of the first at Castle Bromwich to start working with these new EV safety processes are members of Plant Launch team; Tony Greenway, Kevin Boulder, Ady Evans and Paul Coyne, alongside Mark Newbold from the Safety Team have been busy identifying further improvements.
One process is a lock off which applies the same safety philosophy as our Maintenance teams use when working inside robot cells.
The team have been busy developing plastic boxes using 3D printing that can be placed over wiring plugs inside the car and can be locked with a padlock which prevents them being reattached whilst work is being carried out on the car.
Padlock keys are then kept inside a security box ensuring the process is robust and ultimately that electric shock primary and secondary accidents are prevented.
The team who are named ‘Loose Change’ after a play on Paul Coyne’s surname, (Coyne, coin, change, get it?) are now keen to iron out initial issues with their prototypes so they can further identify any safety enhancements.
Next year electric vehicles will become a mainstay of life at Castle Bromwich and the team are hoping the work they do now will help further improve safety across the plant.
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