The buyout will help Tesla further advance its manufacturing automation strategy amid problems with Model 3 ramp up.Tesla has acquired Perbix, a Minnesota-based company that specializes in automated machining."With the acquisition of PERBIX, Tesla further advances its efforts to turn the factory itself into a product - to build the machine that makes the machine," Tesla says.
The 40-year-old privately held company designs, builds and services highly automated, high-volume manufacturing machinery, a particularly relevant skillset as Tesla continues to deal with problems getting the Model 3 line up to speed.
The automaker recently highlighted an issue with battery module assembly at its Nevada Gigafactory. CEO Elon Musk recently claimed the machines -- originally developed by a subcontractor -- had to be physically modified and paired with new code that required 20-30 man-years of work.
The problems have delayed Model 3 ramp-up by at least three months. The company does not expect to begin building 5,000 units weekly until the end of Q1 2018.