Proven technologies and processes are explored in this examination of modern automotive manufacturing. Fundamentals and applications, as well as new advances are discussed as the author bridges the gap between academic research and industrial practice. Having held positions as both a University Professor and as a Lead Engineering Specialist in industry, the author presents a concise understanding that reflects both technical and managerial perspectives with the aim of providing improvement through practical methods. Each chapter includes review questions and research topics, and, in addition, analysis problems are often included that comprehensively address: • Automotive Industry and Competition • Manufacturing Operations • Joining and Paint Processes • Production Operations and Quality Management • Performance Improvement Directly extracted and summarized from automotive manufacturing practices, this book serves as a fundamental manual.
In today's automotive industry, developing new products and systems is more important than ever before. Central to the creation of innovative products is technology development. However, managing technology development has often proven to be a difficult task for many American firms. This book provides instruction on how to make technology management more effective and efficient. It discusses several ways to leverage technology development to get more value with fewer resources. Alignment, globalization, centralization/decentralization, sourcing, co-development, technology intelligence, and intellectual property are all extensively covered. Advice is provided on how to ease implementation of these solutions, and several examples of the successes enjoyed by best-practice companies are detailed. Chapters cover: Global Trends in Automotive Systems Management of Technology Challenges in Automotive Technology Management Meeting Technology Management Challenges Best Practice Case Studies