EA­GLE EYE

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In mo­tor­sport, the dif­fer­ence be­tween suc­cess and fail­ure can be mea­sured in mil­lisec­onds. In mu­si­cal the­ory also, the right se­quence of keys at pre­cisely the right time can de­fine audi­ble ex­cel­lence. How­ever, when it comes to craft­ing its cars, a frac­tion of a mil­lime­tre mar­gin for er­ror is a frac­tion too many for the Ger­man au­tomaker, Porsche. That’s why it em­ployed the ser­vices of what it calls “Ea­gle Eye,” a state-of-the-art co­or­di­nate mea­sure­ment ma­chine that’s ca­pa­ble of de­tect­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the man­u­fac­tur­ing process as seem­ingly triv­ial as mi­cro-me­tres. Man­u­fac­tur­ing nearly 250 ve­hi­cles daily, the Zuf­fen­hausen plant will use Ea­gle Eye to mea­sure ev­ery as­pect of the 1,000 mea­sure­ment points that can be found on a Porsche, en­sur­ing only the high­est qual­ity ve­hi­cles even­tu­ally make it to deal­er­ship floors.

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