Hand-building engines is a personal craft for AMG – ‘One technician, one engine’. AMG Technicians are key to the success of the performance division of Mercedes-Benz.
AMG is named after former Mercedes-Benz engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher (A for Aufrecht, M for Melcher, G for Grossaspach, Aufrecht’s birth town). In 1976, AMG was but a dozen employees in a small workshop and office in Affalterbach. Today, this AMG facility develops many of the most coveted high performance cars and engines on the planet.
Affalterbach – Home of AMG
Affalterbach is not just a place where engines are assembled for Mercedes’ AMG cars, the complex at Affalterbach employs some 1,700 people. About 70 per cent of them engineers deeply involved in plans for cars that might someday wear an AMG badge. Once considered an “in-house tuning-arm” of Mercedes, AMG is now a wholly-owned division of Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz. The Affalterbach headquarters is steeped in total car development, improving on cars that Mercedes once considered impossible to better.
Of those 1,700 people, about 180 are specially-trained engine builders who took four years of training to get here. The AMG technicians are more like surgeons of iron, deftly assembling hundreds of parts into what will ultimately become the beating heart of an AMG vehicle.
Inside the AMG engine shop, each technician methodically and studiously tends to the construction of their engine. The engine is moved about on a waist-high trolley from one part station to the next, where they can reach for air wrenches and other tools that hang from the ceiling. Each technician handles every step of the build: from installing the crankshaft and its bearings into the polished V8 block. The AMG technician is always checking and ensuring the correct torque of the bolts. When they are finished, their signature will be applied to the engine cover, like a piece of artwork.
One Man(Woman), One Engine
Times have changed and today, you will find men and women working side by side in the AMG plant as technicians, engineers, and more. We often check out the stamp on the engine to see which technician stamped their signature. It’s always cool to see if we recognize the technician from previous builds and look forward to learning more about that person.
Every step of the build on every single engine is recorded on computers right from each tool and a full documentation that might hold the solution to a problem should one occur many years from today. AMG’s sophisticated factory computer system monitors and checks every sequence, allowing the builder to continue only if every step has been greenlighted perfectly. It is not possible, says Mercedes, to make a mistake, even though no robots put these engines together, just hardened human hands.
To learn more about AMG, you may visit the Mercedes-AMG website or better still, visit us – Calgary’s AMG Performance Centre.
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