Tonawanda Powertrain Small Block Event

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.

 

Technology

GM’s Tonawanda Plant Retooled for High-Tech Engines

2013-09-04

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.

Fuel System Helium Leak Check

2013-09-04

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.

Cylinder Head Assembly Smart Cell

2013-09-04

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.

Track-and-Trace Databolts

2013-09-04

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.

Advanced Coordinate Measuring Machines

2013-09-04

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.

Tonawanda Engine Plant Timeline

2013-09-04

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.

Small Block Engine Milestones

2013-09-04

1955 - 265-cid V-8 debuts in all-new ’55 Chevrolet lineup, including the all-new Corvette.