Ford’s Robotics Technology Continues to Revolutionize Assembly Lines

Working on automotive assembly lines is a strenuous, demanding, and important job—and it’s crucial that workers don’t get burnt out or exhausted while doing their jobs. That’s why it’s important they receive a “helping hand.”

As a company continually revolutionizing the assembly line, Ford is testing a new form of assembly line robot to assist workers—rather than replace them.

Developed in collaboration with a German robotics company, Ford’s robotics technology uses highly intuitive sensors to “learn” how to help workers through imitative programming. Through a simple lift, these arm-shaped devices are able to lift and position heavy parts when needed. Yet, they’re precise and smart enough to make a cup of coffee and shake hands!

Currently, two robots are being tested in Germany. If the robot assistants prove to be a hit, it is possible Ford might implement them in other manufacturing plants too. This just goes to show how careful Ford is to make sure its employees have everything they need.

Ford’s Robotics Technology

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Best Summer Destinations for Kids in Glendale

The city of Glendale is a wonderful neighborhood to raise a family. There are plenty of places for kids to go during the summer to cool off from the heat, so take your family to one of these great summer destinations for kids in Glendale.

  • Playgrounds Fun Zone: This 3,500-square-foot forest-themed playground is a blast for children under eight years old as they climb and crawl around obstacles.
  • Jump Street: This indoor trampoline parks has areas reserved for bigger and smaller children so kids, teenagers, and adults can all get active.
  • Foothill Recreation & Aquatics Center: A pool outside and gym inside, your family will find all kinds of athletic activities here, no matter what season.
  • Arizona Doll & Toy Museum: For an educational outing, share a walk down memory lane with your kids by visiting this collection of vintage play items from yesteryear.
  • Tolmachoff Farms: Known for its fall festivals, this farm is fun year-round with train rides, animals to pet, and a fun house to play in.

summer destinations for kids

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Large Families Attracted to Ford Transit Over Traditional Minivan

It’s probably no surprise that large families need more room when the travel than smaller families, and typically, the minivan is the go-to option for those large families.  But what if there was another option?  Looks like the growing number of families are turning away from the traditional minivan and moving on to the Ford Transit passenger wagon.

Available as a cargo van, passenger wagon, cutaway, or chassis cab, the Ford Transit does seem to be the best option for large families.  With seating for up to 15 passengers, is there really a better way to travel in style with your large family than in a Ford Transit?  With a 30% year-over-year increase in sales for the Ford Transit, it’s clear that more and more families are turning to the more non-traditional travel approach.

Interested in seeing what the Ford Transit can do for your family?  Contact us at Sanderson Ford and we would be happy to help you find the perfect fit for your large family today!

Ford Transit

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1,353,048 Ford Vehicles Sold During the First Half of the Year

Here at Sanderson Ford, we have been quite aware of the demand for Ford vehicles. We can hardly keep our new Ford on the lot! Of course, that doesn’t make the latest announcement from Ford any less surprising and welcome.

According to a Ford press release, 1,353,048 Ford vehicles have been sold during the first half of the year. That makes the last six months the best first half of the year for Ford sales since 2006!One major boost to vehicle sales for the first half of the year comes in the form of Ford’s truck lineup. Ford reports that 531,500 of its trucks have been sold since the beginning of the year. Ford’s SUV sector also experienced some incredibly high sales, with 395,116 total units sold.

“Strong customer demand has helped us continue growing our truck leadership position, further widening the gap with our nearest competitor versus last year,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Consumer demand for Ford SUVs also continues to surge to all-time highs, allowing us to introduce new levels of capability, versatility and technology to a whole new generation of SUV fans.”

This is a great way to start out the year for Ford. Stop by Sanderson Ford to purchase a Ford vehicle and make the second half of the year even more successful for the best automotive brand in the country.

Ford Vehicles Sold During the First Half of the Year

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2017 Ford Escape Part of World’s Largest ‘Escape the Room’ Experience

If you haven’t had the chance for an ‘Escape the Room’ experience, then maybe it’s about time.  Ford is teaming up with the popular game to create the best experience yet!  The first-ever driveable game will allow participants to navigate through the game using the 2017 Escape’s latest technology, with the goal being to entice more millennial buyers.

“Younger, urban consumers today want to live through experiences and engage with brands that represent their lifestyle.  They are voracious consumers of life – they’re not spectators, they’re participants,” said the Ford experiential marketing manager, Ginger Kasanic.

Some of the technology incorporated into the game?  Remote start, rearview camera, seven-color ambient lighting, voice-to-text capabilities of SYNC 3 driver connect system, and so much more!

The game is open to the public for only 4 days, and within the first 24 hours, saw over 1,000 consumers sign up to play the game.  So what are you waiting for?  Learn the newest technology of the 2017 Ford Escape through a gaming experience like you’ve never seen before!

2017 Ford Escape

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CO2-Derived Foam Helps Ford Help The Planet

Ford has added foam and plastic made from captured CO2 to the long list of recycled and alternative automotive materials they already use in Ford vehicles. What the new technology will save in fossil fuels is staggering. Ford predicts that C02-derived foam will replace 600 million lbs. of petroleum every year.

The reality of carbon pollution is alarming. According to a press release from Ford, every second 2.4 million lbs of CO2 are released into the air around the world. The amount that Ford will save by using CO2-derived foam may seem like a drop in the bucket but it’s still significant.

What’s perhaps even more significant is just how committed the automaker is to researching and implementing carbon-saving measures. Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader of sustainability, said recently, “At Ford, we’re aggressively developing new, more sustainable ways to produce high-quality products, with an eye toward preserving and improving our world.”

Ford foresees using the CO2-derived foam and plastic in seating and underhood. The new material will join a host of other alternative materials already employed in Ford vehicles. Mirror gaskets contain recycled tires. Carpets contain old T-shirt material and denim. You can find soy foam in every Ford vehicle. There’s even coconut in your Ford vehicle–as reinforcement for the trunk liner.

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Spring Car Care Tips

Winter is finally gone and that means spring is ready to rumble with warmer weather and plenty of travel opportunities. Now that the harshest season of the year is over, it’s time to give your car the attention it deserves. Here are a few spring car care tips from us here at Sanderson Ford.

  • Wash – Winter has a tendency to lather your car in road salt if you traveled somewhere with snowy roads for the holidays. That will do a number on your paint, among other things, if left untreated. Fortunately, the solution is to take a few minutes and scrub your car until it’s squeaky clean. Adding a layer of wax certainly doesn’t hurt either!
  • Wiper Blades – With spring comes warmer weather and, after a season of colder temperatures, that could cause your wiper blades to show their age. Wear and cracking are the most common problems with wiper blades after winter. Inspect yours thoroughly. You won’t want to get caught in the spring rain with insufficient wipers!

Tires – After winter, inspecting your tires is a must-do safety precaution. The tread is obviously the most important part to check on but your tire pressure is a close second. The colder weather causes tire pressure to decrease and you likely added more air to make up the difference. Warmer weather causes your tire pressure to increase, which means you might need to let some air out. Doing so will improve fuel economy, overall safety, and the lifespan of your tires.

Spring Car Care

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Sanderson Ford’s 61st Anniversary

It’s not every day you turn 61, but here at Sanderson Ford, that’s exactly what we just did! Sanderson Ford’s 61st anniversary was a milestone for our staff and technicians. Through our long years in the Phoenix community, we’ve made leaps and bounds and have the awards to show for it. Customer satisfaction has been our top priority since our founding and with this latest anniversary, we’re looking to offer specials that prove it.

The Phoenix community is important to us, and we have a reputation to uphold for excellent service. We’ve won both corporate and community awards for decades, including the coveted “President’s Award.” Not only have we won the prestigious award consistently, we’ve often been the only dealership in the Phoenix Metro area to receive it.

Originally founded on May 1, 1955, by Don Sanderson Ford in Glendale as Glendale Motors, we’ve grown to offer and service every model in the Ford lineup. We also offer a selection of used cars for first-time or cost-conscious drivers.

A premiere Ford dealership, we offer every service possible. From Ford parts to routine maintenance to repairs, and more, we here at Sanderson Ford are all about going above and beyond customer expectations.

Let us here at Sanderson Ford demonstrate our commitment and show you why we’ve won many prestigious awards year after year.

Sanderson Ford’s 61st Anniversary

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Arizona Natural Wonders to Visit

Arizona is by far one of the most beautiful states in the entire nation. Arizona owes much of its enchanting beauty to the natural surroundings that can be found throughout the state. From canyons to mountains, these Arizona natural wonders to visit are sure to take any visitor’s breath away!

The Grand Canyon

One of the largest canyons in the world, the Grand Canyon attracts visitors from all over the planet. Forged by the mighty Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is a testament to the natural power of the world we live in!

Monument Valley

Some of the most famous images of the American West can be found inside the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The rock formations found here are some of the most intricate in the entire world.

Petrified Forest National Park

The Petrified Forest National Park is home to not one, but two natural wonders of Arizona. First, it contains the Petrified Forest, a collection of fossilized wood and other remnants of the ancient world. However, it also is home to the Painted Desert, a section of the Arizona desert that is composed of elaborate and beautiful colors!

Arizona Natural Wonders

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Ford Organizes a Rosie the Riveter Honor Flight

During World War II, many heroes served as soldiers and fought overseas. However, there were plenty of heroes back home in the U.S.A. during the war. Many women began to work in factories in order to produce the supplies the U.S. soldiers needed to win the war. These women became known by their nickname, “Rosie the Riveters.” Ford recently decided to honor these unsung heroines of the war.

According to a Ford press release, Ford organized a Rosie the Riveter honor flight.

Working with the Talons Out Honor Flight and the Yankee Air Museum, Ford flew 30 of the original Rosie the Riveters to Washington D.C. so that they could visit the nation’s capital.

“These women not only helped win a war, they paved the way for future generations to achieve economic and personal independence,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the philanthropic arm of Ford. “It is an honor to celebrate their vital contributions to our country and the cause of freedom.”

Ford salutes all the heroes that have worked to ensure our country is the land of the free!

Rosie the Riveter Honor Flight

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