Transforming Automobile Assembly

Transforming Automobile Assembly

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For the world's leading car-makers, the early 1990s brought radical changes. The reports published by MIT shocked management in European and American industries. Former major companies had to face consequences no one had expected. The assembly-lines were reorganized in order to achieve higher quality at lower costs. Five years after the MIT report, this book poses the question: What are the results of this revolution in work organization? Scientists and practitioners, many of them involved in earlier reports, evaluate the changes to the automotive industry in Europe and Japan. An insight into recent concepts in automation and the organization of production.The front-end module structure of a new model, which Mazda produces at the expanded plant in Hofu, consists of about 20 parts including the bumper, ... In the past, these modules were decked individually to the body by manual operators.

Title:Transforming Automobile Assembly
Author:Koichi Shimokawa, Ulrich Jürgens, Takahiro Fujimoto
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06


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