Hey, Ford, GM and Chrysler: want another 2% in manufacturing productivity?


We’ve mentioned our interest (OK, infatuation) with cars here many times before. But it’s not just driving them we’re interested in. It’s how they’re designed and manufactured that interests us as well.

So, we had a long look at the recently released summary of the Harbour Report on North American auto manufacturing. The press release contains a very interesting set of PowerPoint slides showing summaries of the various components that go into the Harbour Report’s calculations of “hours-per-vehicle.” HPV is the measure it uses to calculate the efficiency of North American auto plants.

In short, the report concludes that the Big Three (Ford, GM and Chrysler) are gaining in manufacturing efficiency on the Japanese companies that also produce cars in North America. According to Harbour, the three have reduced the number of hours per vehicle in 2006 by an average of 2%.

We know that these auto companies are still passionately interested in reducing further the cost of making cars. While we can’t help with the upcoming union negotiations, we can help them maximize their labor resources in the production line.

Seemage revolutionizes manufacturing engineering in the auto business, streamlining assembly procedures to maximize quality and reduce time. Even better, Seemage will make sure that when new parts are used or other changes occur, the assembly procedures are automatically updated, reducing the production impacts of a part change.

For the North American-based manufacturers, regaining their competitiveness means they must look ever harder at core operations, especially with respect to manufacturing efficiency. When you combine that need with the power, capability and easy deployment of Seemage, it’s not hard to imaging realizing another 2% gain in manufacturing efficiency by using Seemage.

One comment to Hey, Ford, GM and Chrysler: want another 2% in manufacturing productivity?

  • Bruno D Seemage  says:

    I know there is a study that reported that 1 or 2% of the revenue is burnt in creating technical documentation. Can youi find it ? It would be a great way to show those manufacturers that with Seemage you can easily save another 2% !

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