GEMA selects system to drive best practices
Activplant announced that the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance, a joint venture among DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai Motor Corporation and Mitsubishi Motor Company, has selected the Activplant Performance Management System to drive constant performance improvements in its ground-breaking engine manufacturing program. GEMA formed the alliance to develop a new family of four-cylinder engines, dubbed “World Engine”, in North America.
GEMA plans to manufacture the innovative line of high quality, cost-efficient, in-line engines at two plants in Dundee, MI. The alliance has selected the Activplant system to be pre-installed in its plants. The system, released in October 2004, is said to deliver manufacturing metrics to drive performance improvements.
“When we set out to design the Activplant Performance Management System, we wanted to revolutionize plant management by giving manufacturers the ability to drive accountability for performance improvement across their operations,” said Dennis Cocco, Founder and Chief Product Strategist, Activplant. “Being selected as the enterprise manufacturing intelligence system for GEMA is a testament to the value we can deliver within the plant environment.”
The Activplant Performance Management System is designed to help progressive manufacturers meet production, quality and cost targets through actionable manufacturing intelligence. Production and plant managers learn where, when and why they are losing production and how they can eliminate those losses. The system consists of:
The Activplant Manufacturing Intelligence Platform
A set of pre-configured profiles that deliver pre-defined data collection, reports and analysis templates designed for specific plant types
An operations methodology designed to help plant management drive results
An implementation methodology designed to accelerate a plant’s time to ROI
Implementation services to accelerate the adoption and usage of the system.
"Activplant’s system is an excellent example of how Microsoft works with partners to develop solutions that can derive new value from existing manufacturing applications,” said John McGlynn, Managing Director, US Manufacturing Industry Unit, Microsoft Corp. “The APMS provides GEMA with a clearer focus on what really counts in the manufacturing environment, by utilizing the strengths of the Microsoft .NET integrated platform. This allows GEMA to go beyond mere decision support providing a larger view of how its plants are performing and where it can make improvements.”
The Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance LLC in Dundee, MI manufactures a family of advanced 4-cylinder engines jointly developed by DaimlerChrysler, Mitsubishi Motors Company and Hyundai Motor Company, which in alliance represent the largest engine manufacturing operation in the world with empowered teams and leveraged strategic partnerships achieving maximum economies of scale.
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