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World Class Manufacturing focuses on people

by Dale Jewett


Assembly line at the World Class Manufacturing Academy
Manufacturing plant team leaders work on the assembly line in the World Class Manufacturing Academy to refine tools and procedures.

We know from years of experience that when the topic of discussion turns to manufacturing strategies, eyes will glaze over rapidly and in high volume.

Which is a shame, really. Because building complex machines such as cars and trucks, which contain hundreds of parts, in large volumes with high quality is an art form. But you don't have to be a gifted artist, just consistent to excel at...
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Exhibit celebrates artists at work

by Catherine Gasior



Employees in the automotive field are known for strong math, science and technical skills. However, Chrysler Group wants its employees to tap into their inner artist.

About 600 entries were submitted by UAW-represented and non-bargaining-unit Chrysler employees for the 2013-2014 Artists @ Work Exhibition, the country’s only juried art show sponsored by a major corporation and labor union. The exhibit was established by the UAW and Chrysler Group and is coordinated by the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC) to provide a unique creative outlet for employees and to reinforce...
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Chrysler Group Moves Into the Third Dimension

by Ashley Fournier


Since becoming the new Chrysler Group LLC., the company continues to search for and discover new ways to develop products that are better and more advantageous for our consumers. One of the first initiatives of the new Chrysler Group was implementing a more efficient way to manufacture higher quality vehicles. This process, called World Class Manufacturing, allows the company to cut costs, reduce injuries and produce vehicles at a higher level of craftsmanship.




This is a 3D view of how parts are delivered to an operator in the “Golden Zone.”

Today, at the Center for Automotive...
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How's That for ROI: WCM Academy Generates $1 Million Savings

by Mike Driehorst


And that's only within the first six months of its opening back in January.

Almost immediately after the FIAT-Chrysler partnership began, we started to implement FIAT's World Class Manufacturing process in our operations. While it's a continual process to keep improving manufacturing quality, WCM has already borne a bountiful harvest.

The World Class Manufacturing Academy is just the latest example. WCM Academy is where our plant managers, team leaders and other plant employees are trained in WCM. It's a 25,000-sq.-ft. facillity, housed within the UAW-Chrysler Technology Training Center, Warren, Mich., and can train 1,200 people annually.

"The...
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Under the Pentastar: April 13, 2012

by Ed Garsten


Fresh off the excitement of the 2012 New York International Auto Show, the momentum at Chrysler Group isn't slowing down. From continued strides in World Class Manufacturing and more Mopar® industry-firsts, to expansion to China and Viper owner charity, you can gather up all the week's highlights Under the Pentastar.






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