Ford Showcases Revolutionary Technology for F-Series Trucks

Ford has announced the introduction of a new 3D mapping technology to better analyze rear truck axles for glitches that could affect the vehicles reliability.
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Called Photogrammetric Pattern Reader (PPR), technology instantly stitches together 9,000 images of truck axles during assembly for 3D analysis and provides more efficient assessment over man-made visual inspections. By using the new application, Ford promises to supply tougher, smoother and quieter pickup trucks in the future.

“PPR technology is the next evolution in quality control for our commercial trucks,” said David Gravel, an engineer in Ford’s advanced manufacturing group. “While traditional, visual inspections of our axle gears ensure we’re delivering dependable, tough trucks to our customers, this new technology allows us to conduct our inspections faster, and at a level of detail the human eye just cannot discern. We constantly look for ways to go further for our customers and this system is one example of how we are making our trucks even more reliable.”

Already a leader in its segment and known as America’s best-selling truck for 28 consecutive years, the Ford F-Series seems set to break further records in the automotive industry.

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