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Visual Data’s Effect on Quality and Productivity at a Tier One Automotive Components Manufacturer
To remain competitive in their market, manufacturers must employ timely measurement of performance such as productivity and quality. A solution to this problem is the implementation of visual data-based information systems that can provide a manufacturer with productivity and quality performance information quickly. These systems will help the manufacturer make quick decisions related to scrap, re-work, and poor performance, thus reducing the production costs.
For this project, a single production assembly line was chosen at a tier-one automotive components manufacturing plant. A visual data system was implemented on a high-volume production line and thus provided the manufacturer with productivity and quality performance information quickly. After the implementation, the quality and productivity of the production line were observed to be significantly higher. The average number of defects was reduced by 30%, and the average number of parts produced per person per hour was increased by 5% for the production line.
Sharing the project with undergraduate/graduate students in the manufacturing field will help students understand the application of manufacturing methods/technology and see the relevancy of their learning as connected to the industry. Therefore, the students in manufacturing will appreciate the immediate applicability of their classroom learning in improving productivity and quality.
In the manufacturing sector, automotive manufacturers are experiencing increased competitiveness as the market becomes increasingly global. This increased competition has made the automotive manufacturing environment more information driven and has increased the need to measure manufacturing performance on a timely basis. If timely measures of performance such as productivity and quality are not taken and evaluated, manufacturers will have difficulty remaining competitive in their market. Visual data-based information systems can provide manufacturers productivity and quality performance information quickly so that decisions concerning scrap, rework, and poor performance can be evaluated quickly.
This project deals with a production line (for automotive components) where visual performance measures were implemented and the resulting impact on quality and productivity. Implementation of the visual system in this production line has never been implemented before so there was no historical data to support a cost savings in similar high volume automotive components cases. The motivation for such implementation was to see if a visual data system would result in a cost savings through increased quality of the automotive components, or increased productivity.
Smith, T., & Latif, N., & Elliott, S. (2007, June), Visual Data's Effect On Quality And Productivity At A Tier One Automotive Components Manufacturer Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--3047
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