Ford Rolls Out Global One Manufacturing Ops System

New System Increases Efficiency and Capabilities, Lowers Total Production Cost


Published:

DEARBORN — Ford Motor Company is supporting its biggest global expansion in 50 years by rolling out a single manufacturing operating system that will drive improved efficiencies, increase capacity utilization, and make the company an industry leader in lowest total cost production.

"The global One Ford plan is making it possible for us to deploy One Manufacturing, a single Ford production system that will pay tremendous dividends through standard processes, greater flexibility and improved investment efficiency," said John Fleming, Ford executive vice president, Global Manufacturing, at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars today.

Ford is adding capacity around the world, including a broad expansion in Asia Pacific Africa, where the company is adding nine new plants. The facilities will increase APA's capacity to produce 2.9 million vehicles a year, part of a global plan to meet Ford's goal of selling 8 million vehicles a year by mid-decade.

As Ford brings on new facilities, it is expanding the use of common manufacturing processes and standard systems for tracking material, delivery, maintenance and environmental costs so that new and existing plants are aligned in how they operate. Ford is also making broader use of virtual tools that reduce the cost of new plants and improve the efficiencies of new model changeovers.

"It is critical that all of our assembly operations, wherever they are located, speak the same language when it comes to producing high-quality vehicles in a safe and efficient way," said Fleming.

Ford's One Manufacturing system includes:

Improved flexibility: By 2015, Ford will be able to produce 25 percent more derivatives per plant from 2011. Some new plants in APA will be capable of producing six and seven vehicles from a single facility.

Process/quality improvement: Ford is expanding the use of virtual tools that simulate how cars are assembled. By studying the best way for operators to install a seat, for example, Ford can design assembly lines that reduce injuries and accidents while improving quality.

Investment efficiency: Virtual tools have already reduced the investment it takes to assemble a vehicle by more than 20 percent since 2009. In addition, the company has reduced the investment to produce a vehicle derivative by 60 percent. Going forward, expanding the use of virtual tools and standard processes will reduce total vehicle investment by 8 percent a year

Capacity utilization: As Ford launches new plants, it is also reducing the number of platforms that vehicles are developed from. When combined with improved flexibility and more efficiencies, Ford will be able to take advantage of global economies of scale and significantly improve capacity utilization.

For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Ford to Auction Aviation-inspired Mustang

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. has unveiled a new aviation-inspired Mustang, which will be auctioned off to benefit the Wisconsin-based Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth education programs.

Fontinalis Partners Closes on $100M Mobility Fund

Fontinalis Partners, a Detroit-based venture capital firm, has closed on its second fund, Fontinalis Capital Partners II L.P., for $100 million. The new fund will invest in companies working on next-generation mobility technologies.

Tropical Smoothie Opens Westland Location

Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a fast casual restaurant that focuses on smoothies and healthy food options, has opened a new location in Westland. The new location is the company’s 37th store in Michigan and 500th store total.

Sophia Loren Event to be Held at Detroit Opera House

An event featuring Italian film actress Sophia Loren will take place at the Detroit Opera House this fall.

Kellogg Establishes Venture Capital Fund

Battle Creek-headquartered Kellogg Co. has announced plans to invest $100 million in start-up businesses working on new ingredients, foods, packaging, technology, and more, through its new venture capital fund.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Historic Italian Restaurant to Reopen in Detroit’s Capitol Park
    La Lanterna, an authentic Italian restaurant that operated from 1956 to 1979, is reopening at The...
  2. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System First in Michigan to Offer Knee Surgery Cooling Treatment
    Pontiac-based St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, is the...
  3. Ford and Jose Cuervo Partner to Develop Sustainable Auto Materials
    Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. is partnering with Jose Cuervo, a New Jersey tequila producer, to...
  4. Anytime Fitness Opens in Ferndale, More Locations in Metro Detroit Planned
    Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour gym franchise, has opened a new 6,000-square-foot location on Woodward...
  5. MEDC Reaches $1.2M Purchase Agreement to Create Connected Vehicle Facility at Willow Run
    Michigan Economic Development Corp. has reached a $1.2 million purchase agreement for the...
  6. Detroit Polo Club Acquires Property, Plans to Expand Membership
    In a bid to expand membership, add a clubhouse, and offer more amenities, the Detroit Polo Club...