DETROIT -- To improve quality, Chrysler Group is adopting the same manufacturing system that Fiat S.p.A. has used since 2005.
“We are taking a totally different view of how we will run plants and make cars,” said Scott Garberding, Chrysler's head of manufacturing.
Here are the company's improvement goals for 2010 in four categories:
• Manufacturing quality, up 15 percent.
• Productivity, up 10 percent.
• Operating costs, down 8 percent.
• Injuries, down 30 percent.
Chrysler already has improved ergonomics at the plants and is looking for ways to eliminate waste. For example, the company is packaging the proper parts with each vehicle as it goes down the assembly line, instead of stacking parts alongside assembly lines. This reduces the chance of workers choosing the wrong part.
Garberding also said Chrysler is using third-party audits to review manufacturing operations.