DaimlerChrysler has selected a collaboration solution to automate the real-time sharing of manufacturing related quality data across the Jeep platform team and supply chain especially in the manufacture of the Liberty (pictured).
Supplied by UGS, the automated environment for communication of dimensional quality data will work in conjunction with a machine equipped with laser cameras to measure thousands of points on the vehicle body where the suspension system is attached.
The solution includes software that will statistically analyse this data to spot trends. Then, e-Vis will automatically send the data via automatic email or pager to Jeep engineers, shop-floor personnel and the suspension supplier, who will review the data together in real time and determine what adjustments are required.
The supplier can make the necessary changes in-house and deliver accurate suspension systems directly to the plant.
‘UGS’ solution will provide a method for real-time, visual communication of product and production variable data,’ commented Brian Burtka, supervisor of steering and suspension in DaimlerChrysler’s Jeep Platform.
‘Our goal with the Jeep Liberty is to identify a component or process failure within five minutes to prevent line stoppage. Our plant and suppliers can continually monitor the statistical data and optimise trends based on real-time production variation data to optimise component processes that will eliminate downtime within the Toledo North Assembly Plant, where the new Jeep is being built. This will result in significant time and cost-savings on the assembly line,’ he added.
e-Vis is an Internet-enabled visual collaboration solution, which will help Jeep engineers, shopfloor personnel and suppliers to collaborate. This improved communication of product and process data will allow Jeep Liberty suppliers to deliver accurate suspension systems directly to the assembly line, reduce adjustments on the line and help bring higher quality vehicles to market faster and at lower costs.