By G. Volpato, A. Camuffo, A. Comacchio (auth.), Professor Anna Comacchio, Professor Giuseppe Volpato, Professor Arnaldo Camuffo (eds.)

The booklet makes a speciality of realizing the latest switch styles in automation, production platforms, association and administration of human assets of the area car companies. in short, whether the automation factor is among the major focuses of this ebook, relating to particular technological recommendations, we refer the readers to the intensive research of the lawsuits of past meetings. This booklet bargains with adjustment tactics underlying major studies. in particular, the most target of the publication is to appreciate the hot step of the evolutionary approach which contains the producing method of the auto provide chain (automobile brands and elements production firms). The drivers of this evolution are analyzed, particularly concentrating on the continous interplay between altering aggressive context, new technological styles and rising human source administration and organizational issues.

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Today, no finn will produce a sole high volume model, like Ford did from 1909 to 1927 or Volkswagen from 1947 to 1973. However, some finns will produce three or four models only, each with its own specific platfonn, with only one or two body possibilities and very few options. This is a volume strategy only for the market segments that make it viable. It supposes that an important part of the customers of each of these segments has homogeneous needs and expectations on the long tenn. The Ford model is the one that historically implemented this strategy by specialising lines, men and machines for a number of years, and by constantly trying to increase productivity.

Further to their main features, the fonns of automation observed show secondary characteristics, the combination of which must also be explained. A first series of choices are in effect the general scheme of the assembly, that is to say: the type of assembling (complete assembling of vehicles in fixed and parallel stations as in Volvo-Uddevalla, additive line assembling as in nearly all assembling factories), the structure of the line (long, short, chopped, with secondary assembling lines for sub-units), the way the product moves (a non-stop or step-by-step conveyor, "Automated Guided Vehicles").

And Fujimoto, T. (eds), Transforming Automobile Assembly. 19-37. Jt1rgens, U. , Jurgens, U. and Fujimoto, T. (eds), Transforming Automobile Assembly. Experiences in Automation and Work Organization Springer, Berlin, pp. 255-273. Kinutani, H. , Jurgens, U. and Fujimoto, T. (eds_Transforming Automobile Assembly. 94-108. , RafT, D. (forthcoming), Coping with Variety: Product Variety and Production Organization in the World Automobile Industry , GERPISA books. Mair, A. , Volpato, G, eds. (1998) One Best Way?

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