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What You Need to Know About Data Warehousing

A data warehouse is an information technology strategy that takes production data, scrubs it up, organizes it, and puts it in a place appropriate for browsing, data analysis, and decision making. The result: Practical access to critical data and decision support.

How To Machine Light Metals

Here are some recommendations that can help you make the move to machining aluminum and magnesium.

Building the LH Models (With Particular Emphasis on the LHS & 300M)

The Chrysler brand is increasingly about cars. And the latest launch in the Bramalea assembly plant—the LHS and the 300M models—indicate that the vehicle manufacturer is even serious about taking on the luxury brands, both in this part of the world and elsewhere.

Feet First, Eyes Forward

Taking all of your designers and leaping from 2D design to 3D solid modeling all at once (and in less than a year) is like going from using a bicycle to maneuvering a space shuttle in one easy leap. It sounds improbable, but 3D Engineering, Inc. has proven that it's not impossible.

World Class Vehicle Launch Timing: Ford (Part 3 of 6)

The World Class Vehicle Launch series is investigating the launch performance of five leading vehicle assembly firms operating in North America, and examining their past, and future launch strategies. The companies reviewed in our analysis include Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, and Honda. We have collected monthly production data on vehicles (30 launches) launched by these companies in North America between 1992 and 1996. Although there were more than 30 launches during this period, our initial investigation focuses on single product-single plant launches. This article looks at Ford and is the third in the series. It is important to note that there are many measures of a successful launch. This series analyzes a launch event in only the most basic form: the time it takes a facility to return to capacity in terms of production. This series is not meant to be an exhaustive study on launch performance, but instead it is meant to further the understanding of the vehicle launch process.

Cells and High Volumes: Forget What You Think You Know

Cellular manufacturing just isn't for the companies that have low-volume production. That's not just theory. It is being proven out in two supplier plants in Indiana each and every day. Here's a look at what they are doing.

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The Road Less Traveled

A few years ago, benchmarking was all the rage.