Funk’s eyes light up when he talks about the changes that have taken place in the Audi quality assurance during the last decade. The 54-year-old can look back on 33 years of exterior master jig development. The exterior master jig is used for measuring and checking all components that are visible from the outside in detail.
At the beginning of his time in the Audi quality assurance, he was responsible for measuring individual components and bodies manually with so-called feeler gauges and sliding cylinders. Shortly after, the tactile metrology was introduced. The associated offline programming marked a mini-revolution in Funk’s daily work: “Suddenly, it was possible to write programs on the computer, while the machine carried out other measurements. It saved a huge amount of time.” This didn’t make the work any easier, but it did make it significantly faster, more precise and less costly.