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 Launch Fully Autonomous Vehicle for Ride Sharing in 2021

Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. has announced its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service.

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.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. American Expedition Vehicles Completes Move to New Wixom Headquarters
    American Expedition Vehicles, a company that designs and manufactures Jeep accessories and...
  2. Two-level Corktown Loft in Detroit Draws Record Price of $531K
    Corktown has drawn a record price for a residential loft in Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, a...
  3. Olga’s Kitchen to Expand Across Michigan, Remodel Existing Restaurants
    Livonia-based Olga’s Kitchen Inc. plans to expand across Michigan, with up to 10 new locations...
  4. BAE System Awarded $54M to Supply Upgraded Vehicles to Brazilian Army
    Under a new U.S. Foreign Military Sales contract, BAE Systems, a global defense, security, and...
  5. Paradise Valley in Detroit Grows, Mixed-use Development Planned Behind Music Hall
    Rainy Hamilton, principal of Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit, plans to break ground early...
  6. Luxury Space: New $3.5M Penthouse in Downtown Birmingham Now on the Market
    Bailey Schmidt Inc., a Birmingham-based, full-service real estate company, is seeking a buyer for...