Tesla acquires automated manufacturing machine supplier Perbix – TechCrunch

Tesla is set to meet its production challenges with the Model 3, with a new acquisition reported by Bloomberg from a supplier focused on production automation. The automaker has acquired Perbix, a supplier it has worked with for a few years, with the deal revealed just after Tesla addressed its production difficulties with the Model 3 in its latest corporate earnings call.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it comes at a time when Tesla is incredibly focused on improving the rates of return of its Model 3, which is well below its previous productions in terms of capacity. production at this stage. During the call for results, Musk said he and CTO JB Straubel basically lived at the Gigafactory in an effort to resolve production bottlenecks. The main difficulty lies in part of a four-part process for assembling the battery units, Musk said.

To rectify the problem, which Musk says resided with a vendor, the company itself took over a crucial production item and redesigned it from a software and hardware perspective from scratch. It’s unclear whether Perbix’s work or this acquisition is directly related to this process, but it seems likely that the deal is designed to improve overall manufacturing capacity.

Tesla also said the Model 3 has probably the most automated production line of any modern vehicle, which is part of the reason why it takes so long to get it right. Capacity shortages on less automated lines can be more easily addressed by replacing manual labor, Musk said on the results call, but once the automation part is up to the task, production should be much easier.

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