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Siemens Googles Into Ford Plants

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mrdon
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Virtual Plant Visits
mrdon   12/20/2013 9:52:11 AM
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Rob

I see big benefits behind this Virtual Plant Visit tool: one being a reduction in company travel expenses. The fact that one can drill down to individual assembly stations to see development of new components being manufactured is an awesome feature of the tool. Combining this tool with Video Conferencing will allow quick response to resolving manufacturing concerns between suppliers and OEMs within hours as opposed to days. Very nice article!

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Re: Virtual Plant Visits
Rob Spiegel   12/20/2013 10:13:59 AM
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Thanks MrDon. This kind of visibility into one plant alone would be a big move forward. The fact that it goes into multiple plants just increases the possibilities of optimizing production.

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Re: Virtual Plant Visits
mrdon   12/20/2013 10:25:50 AM
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Rob

Welcome. Yes, this tool has tremendous benefits as mentioned and production optimization is definitely top on the list.

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Rob Spiegel   12/20/2013 12:52:32 PM
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Yes, MrDon, they can look at seven different plants and see how each does a particular task. they can take the best iteration and deploy it across all plants. They can do this function-by-function to reach optimal efficiency.

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naperlou   12/20/2013 1:19:11 PM
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mrdon, you have a good point.  With a high fidelity model of a plant a lot of this travel can be elimanted.  I know an engineering manager whose company has plants all over the world.  He has to go to customer locations, but he also finds that he is traveling to company locations to review how they are doing and how they do things.  It takes a lot to even get a hold of the designs and drawings from these plants.  This will be one challenge to many companies that have operations in multiple countries.  They often do not share.

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Re: Virtual Plant Visits
mrdon   12/20/2013 9:25:48 PM
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Rob,

With that visual capability, the manufacturing world is truly small and reachable in the virtual world. Truly an awesome piece of software.

 

 

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Re: Virtual Plant Visits
mrdon   12/20/2013 9:36:31 PM
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naperlou

Another item that isn't taken into consideration of New Product Development  cost  is travel expenses. This tool would definitely save dollars by reducing travel expenses. Also, delay in work hours will be minimized based on reducing travel hours as well. To much wasted work hours occur because of waiting in airports and air fly time. Again, this virtual plant tool would keep projects on task because of reduction in travel time.

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Rob Spiegel   12/22/2013 11:33:24 PM
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Absolutely true, MrDon. That was one of the points Siemens made -- this technology will save on travel.

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Re: Virtual Plant Visits
taimoortariq   12/25/2013 12:38:07 AM
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I agree the essential purpose of this software is optimization. They are optimizing through transport costs,positive comparison,better communicaton, name it. Ford has certainly made a very smart production decision.

taimoortariq
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Re: Virtual Plant Visits
taimoortariq   12/25/2013 12:48:02 AM
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You are right, transport costs can be cut down alot. Although, as long as the company is centralized, sharing information between the plants should not be a problem.

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