Nexteer Automotive launches holistic approach to integrated manufacturing
The Michigan-based automotive parts supplier, Nexteer Automotive, has inaugurated new holistic and integrated approaches to design and manufacturing.
Nexteer’s latest Digital Trace™ Manufacturing utilises contemporary technologies and data analytics, collectively catalysed by a global architecture.
“To enable Digital Trace™ Manufacturing, we’re using a connect-the-dots approach, in which the thousands of data-producing dots around the world are standardised and talk to one another,” reported Dennis Hoeg, Vice President and North America Chief Operating Officer of Nexteer.
“Each dot represents a machine, process, database, document, workplace robot and so on.”
“When the dots are connected, the result is one common, global architecture. Digital Trace™ Manufacturing allows Nexteer to deliver a dynamic, comprehensive view of its manufacturing operations in real time, which is a big payoff for our customers, employees and shareholders.”
The aim of the new manufacturing system is to increase the quality of product performance, value, and capacity across the firm’s 24 locations.
This will be made possible by the more accurate understanding of global operations that the process automation system can offer.
With this information, any successes on a particular site – such as design improvements – can be spotted instantly and replicated.