Problems with body assembly robots are slowing production of the Dodge Caliber car at a time when dealers say demand is outstripping supply, according to a report in The Detroit News.
The robots at the Chrysler group's Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant are bumping into each other, according to the newspaper. When that happens, production at the plant is stopped. The length of the stoppages ranges from a few minutes to an hour or more, the paper said.
The plant uses about 780 robots made by ABB Ltd.
Chrysler spent $419 million to overhaul the plant last year, converting it from building the now discontinued Dodge Neon car. In addition to the Caliber, the plant has started building the Jeep Compass and this year will add production of the Jeep Patriot.
The plant is building about 800 vehicles a day, about 250 vehicles short of its goal. It is in the middle of adding a third production shift.