Transforming Automobile Assembly: Experience in Automation and Work Organization

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642643774
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Concepts and Histories 17
2.1 Assembly Automation in Europe - Past Experience and Future Trends 19
2.2 Basic Trends in the Physics and Economics of Automated Fabrication and Assembly Operations 38
2.3 Key Characteristics of Assembly Automation Systems 46
2.4 What Do You Mean by Automation Ratio? Definitions by the Japanese Auto Makers 61
3 Diversity of Approaches 71
3.1 Present State and Future Vision of Vehicle Assembly Automation in Mitsubishi Motors Corporation 73
3.2 Development of a new Vehicle Assembly Line at Toyota: Worker-oriented, Autonomous, new Assembly System 82
3.3 Modular Assembly in Mixed-Model Production at Mazda 94
3.4 Production of the NSX at Honda: An Alternative Direction for Assembly Organization 109
3.5 The Development of an Intelligent Body Assembly System 121
3.6 The Opel Production System 133
3.7 Platform and Modular Concepts at Volkswagen - Their Effects on the Assembly Process 146
3.8 Automation at Renault: Strategy and Form 157
3.9 Building Capabilities in Assembly Automation: Fiat's Experiences from Robogate to the Melfi Plant 167
3.10 The Development of a Reflective Production System Layout at Volvo's Uddevalla Car Assembly Plant 189
4 Issues and Dynamics 209
4.1 Strategies for Assembly Automation in the Automobile Industry 211
4.2 From Fixed to Flexible: Automation and Work Organization Trends from the International Assembly Plant Study 238
4.3 Rolling Back Cycle Times: The Renaissance of the Classic Assembly Line in Final Assembly 255
4.4 Rationalization also Involves Workers - Teamwork in the Mercedes-Benz Lean Concept 274
4.5 Patterns of Work Organization in the German Automobile Industry 289
4.6 The Current Social Form of Automation and a Conceivable Alternative: Experience in France 305
4.7 Worker-Generated Production Improvements in a Reflective Production System - or Kaizen in a Reflective Production System 318
4.8 Advanced Automation or Alternative Production Design? A Reflection on the new Japanese Assembly Plants and the Alternative Approach of Volvo Uddevalla 335
4.9 A Misguided Trajectory? Automatically Guided Vehicles in Auto Assembly 344
4.10 Organizational Change and Assembly Automation in the Dutch Automotive Industry 360
4.11 Recycling and Disassembly - Legal Burden or Strategic Opportunity? 380
5 Conclusions and Outlook 395
6 The Authors of the Book 408
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