GM pact to hike quality control

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 10:04 PM gHale

General Motors wants to make an effort to expand visibility into and control over battery manufacturing and supply chain operations.

Along those lines, they selected HP to implement an Apriso software package that will help GM expand control of production and product quality at its Chevrolet Volt battery assembly plant.

GM selected HP to implement Apriso’s manufacturing and quality solutions as a key part of its next-generation manufacturing processes. The move should drive continuous improvement and provide flexibility for product design changes and marketplace responsiveness.

“Given the new technologies and the breadth of supplier relationships that are integral components of the Chevrolet Volt, we needed a fundamentally different approach to manufacturing operations,” said Kevin Mixer, director, Quality Systems, General Motors. “With market demands shifting, technologies evolving and new production processes across a distributed manufacturing network, partners like Apriso and HP aided us in adapting quickly.”

“Now more than ever, manufacturers have a critical need for real-time quality issue notification and visualization of problems,” said Mark Collins, vice president, General Motors business, HP Enterprise Services.

HP also has successfully implemented Apriso’s FlexNet at other GM manufacturing plants in the United States and China, with further implementations planned over the next 24 months.

GM’s new battery production facility is in Brownstown Township, Mich. The Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric passenger car should begin production this year.

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