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CHRYSLER BOOSTS PLANT EFFICIENCY BY ADOPTING FIAT STANDARDS

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CHRYSLER BOOSTS PLANT EFFICIENCY BY ADOPTING FIAT STANDARDS

By Andrew Ganz

Nearly 30 years ago, Fiat was driven out of North America primarily over quality issues that plagued its limited lineup with a bad reputation. During its absence, however, the Italian brand transformed its assembly and engineering quality by using the highly-publicized Toyota Way as a base.

Fiat has since transferred its knowledge to its new North American division, Chrysler. The Michigan automaker says that productivity is up about 10 percent, while costs have declined around 8 percent and on-the-job injuries have decreased 30 percent thanks to Fiat’s production system.

Fiat – and now Chrysler – relies heavily on worker input to modify the production system in an effort to reduce time, energy and money wasting.

For example, according to an Automotive News report, workers at Chrysler’s Belvidere, Illinois, plant (which builds the Jeep Patriot and Compass and Dodge Caliber) created a suspended chair to eliminate the need to reach “blindly” into a vehicle’s ceiling in an effort to assemble certain parts. As a result, the plant now has fewer errors and a reduced number of injuries related to the assembly.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/chrysler-boosts-plant-efficiency-by-adopting-fiat-standards.html

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