Gen 5 Small Block Manufacturing Technology
September 4th, 2013
Some of General Motors’ advanced manufacturing techniques to produce the all-new, Gen 5 Small Block engine family are microscopic, but they have a huge impact on the 75-year-old Tonawanda Engine Plant, where about 1,500 jobs have been created and retained since 2009.
In honor of National Energy Action Month, General Motors is leveraging its 20-year partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program to find more ways to reduce the energy intensity of its facilities and decrease its impact on climate change.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Some of General Motors’ advanced manufacturing techniques to produce the all-new, Gen 5 Small Block engine family are microscopic, but they have a huge impact on the 75-year-old Tonawanda Engine Plant, where about 1,500 jobs have been created and retained since 2009.
The Gen 5 Small Block uses direct injection to boost fuel pressure many times greater than previous generation Small Block engines for improved performance and fuel economy.
For the Gen 5 Small Block, Tonawanda is the first General Motors plant to use an automated cylinder head assembly “Smart Cell” that consolidates the work of four machines in one.
For many years, General Motors has used radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on engine assembly systems for process tracking. The Gen 5 Small Block program is among the first to also use RFID-enabled track-and-trace databolts as a quality control measure during the machining of engine blocks and cylinder heads.
For the Gen 5 Small Block program, General Motors is using two types of advanced coordinate measuring machines (CMM) to help ensure high quality engine blocks and cylinder heads.
1937 - GM begins construction on River Road, in Tonawanda, N.Y., on a 1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility for engines and axle assemblies. Its $12.5-million cost is the equivalent of nearly $200 million in 2013.
1955 - 265-cid V-8 debuts in all-new ’55 Chevrolet lineup, including the all-new Corvette.