The central building is the heart of the automobile plant – with direct connections with the production sections of body shop, paint shop and assembly. Short distances result in quick communication. The second upper floor of the building accommodates up to 550 office workplaces relating to all sections of production; large windows and green atriums create a pleasant atmosphere. On the ground floor, quality assurance and the analysis and pre-series center are located with their workshops.
The analysis and pre-series center, which employs about 150 people, also has the function of a typical pre-series center at the Győr site. The primarily purpose is to build the pre-series cars together with colleagues from the various areas of production. This stage of work takes place one year before the start of series production so that many improvements can be made and any problems can be solved in advance.
In addition to building pre-series cars, the central building is also where pre-series analysis and series analysis are located under one roof – a new approach at Audi. One of the most important tasks of the engineers here is to influence the products for future projects. They start work on future concepts several years before the start of a series; for example, they identify potential for optimization for future vehicle projects and make sure that the ideas are implemented. The close networking between pre-series analysis and series analysis in the analysis and pre-series center ensures a thorough know-how transfer – from the concept phase until a product is phased out.
The specialists of the analysis and pre-series center check the cars in all areas – bodywork, mechanics, electric/electronics, safety, and assistance systems. In the reference review center of electronics, for example, there are synergies with assembly and quality assurance. With special reference equipment, startup programs and testing programs can be created for new electronic components. Before they go into production, the engineers check their suitability for series operation and approve them.
Quality assurance, the second user of the central building, also has the task of checking and analyzing the series-produced cars – in full operation, they audit four cars each day. The focus is on component quality and function. The quality assurance employees operate a large number of test devices in the context of their pre-series and series activities – the traditional “meisterbock” with measuring instruments to assess the precision of exterior and interior components, the hydropulse stand for analyzing any unwanted sounds, an acoustics test bench, a component climate test bench and a water sprinkler system to test for any leaks.
The highlights of quality assurance include the so-called “e-meisterbock” – this is where electronic components are examined, in some cases with computer tomography scanners and electron microscopes. A night-design chamber serves to test interior illumination.
Quality assurance is also responsible for the 1.2-kilometer test road in the northern part of the site, which includes a vibration segment with 14 different surfaces. All completed cars have to drive over this road before they are approved for release. Trained drivers check for anything unusual in terms of noise, vibration, handling and drivetrain. Every tenth Audi A3 Sedan also undergoes a road test beyond Győr which includes highway driving.