Manufacturing Planning and Control SIG

Aspinall, Ron
May 2000
Logistics & Transport Focus;May2000, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p55
Trade Publication
This article reports that among the events organized in 2000 by the special interest groups of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, an installment of the Three-Day Car Project, was presented by Geoff Williams and Joe Miemczyk. The objective was to improve the manufacturer's flexibility and speed of response to enable most vehicles to be built and delivered within three days of the order being placed. Within the project, two days are envisioned for production processes and one day for delivery. As lead-tim reduces, so transport time in distribution becomes more important. The manufacturing process itself may also have to change. Paint-in-mould plastic panels may replace today's paint plant and vehicle body construction might move from monocoque to space-frame. The role of information technology will be vital. Order input to the factory, sequencing the assembly system and passing the information to supply chain partners must be in real-time.


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