Today GAZ Group is recognized as leader in the level of production automation that reaches 75% in some operations.
GAZ Group's plants operate more than 600 industrial robots. Most of them operate as part of the lines welding bodies and cabins for commercial vehicles. Robotization of production processes ensures impeccable quality of products. Thus, on the newest welding lines of Gorky Automobile Plant margin of error for a weld spot is no more than 0.02 mm.
Approximately EUR 50 million was invested in creation of Eisenmann robotic paint lines at GAZ. Employment of modern painting technologies ensures guaranteed protection of vehicle bodies against corrosion with work quality conforming to highest global standards.
As part of production launch of GAZelle NEXT full-metal van a new body welding facility was created at the plant. The line is a universal assembly complex, capable of producing bodies of different sizes, wheel-base lengths and roof heights in a single flow. More than 80 newest Fanuc robots were installed on the lines for welding side panels, underbody and doors, each of which can, by independently changing tooling, perform a whole range of operations, such as parts transportation, welding, flanging, application of glues and sealants.
In 2012 GAZ Group completed an unprecedented for Russia project of creating a new engine production facility: starting from 2012 Yaroslavl Engine Plant on one of its sites organized production of YMZ-530 medium in-line diesel engines conforming to Euro-4 and Euro-5 environmental standard with potential for upgrade to Euro-6. Production facility with automation level of 90% is fitted out with equipment from leading international manufacturers: Grob Werke, Heller, Thyssen Krupp Krause, Liebherr, JW Froehlich, Riko, Durr Ecoclean, Carl Zeiss and others. It is the most stat-of-the-art facility producing engines for commercial vehicles not only in Russia and CIS but in Eastern Europe too.