Chrysler announced the implementation of a new three-dimensional system in their production processes, allowing the company to quickly address various problems and be more accurate in its investment decisions.
The automaker also will use the system to change the way they plan for future products, implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) guidelines before joining or setting up their machines.
WCM is an integrated system covering all production processes of a manufacturing plant. Its objective is to continually improve performance within a production facility to achieve zero waste as well as zero accidents, zero wastes on motion, zero breakdowns, and zero inventories, among other advantages.
The company will implement the 3D system to prepare for the launch of two new transmissions in Kokomo, Indiana, said Brian Harlow, vice president of Chrysler and director of the company’s NAFTA Powertrain Operations and Powertrain Global Manufacturing and Engineering.
The two transmissions to be launched in Kokomo are licensed from ZF – an eight-speed rear wheel drive transmission and nine-speed front-wheel drive gearbox.
“We needed new ways to get our plant in Kokomo ready for a more accelerated pace of production,” said Harlow, “and the eight and nine-speed transmissions are a great way to start the ball rolling.”