World Class Vehicle Launch Timing: General Motors (Part 2 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 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 focuses on General Motors. 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 better understanding of the vehicle launch process.

Easier Measuring

"It's all about software," proclaims Keith Mills, president of International Metrology Systems (IMS; Livonia, MI).He's talking about metrology, not general-purpose computing.

SCM: Another Acronym to Help Broaden Enterprise Management

Supply chain management is adding pressure on enterprises to not only broaden their perspective on where they sit in the grand scheme of commerce, but also to effectively execute their business strategies; that is, to respond to orders in a world where all trading partners are both customers and suppliers.

All Machine Tools Are Not Created Equal

The truth in this statement lies not in the fact that some machine tools are inferior to others. But in the fact that no two machine tools are alike. Not only do machines fall into different classifications in terms of price, capability, and size, but now machine tool builders are working with customers to build machines specific to individual needs. Here's a very general look at what's out there.

Looks Great. Less Weighty

Chrysler is on the fast-track to the 21st century with the ESX2, a polymer-intensive vehicle that, if all goes well, could be ready for volume production by 2003.