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Process Improvement in Chrysler's Small Car Platform

1993-03-01
930471
There are important changes unfolding in domestic industry. In the face of increased competition and the reality that traditional practices are no longer sufficient, manufacturers are taking daring new looks at the ways that they do business. Platforms and small business units are being formed within large companies to manage product lines. Cross-functional teams are replacing functional organizations as the driving forces in product development. Authority and leadership are being shifted lower and lower Into the working ranks, and the reengineering of work processes is becoming the challenge. This paper presents part of the story of Chrysler's Small Car Platform. It begins with an overview of the platform system. Then it focuses on the Process Phase of a vehicle program. The story is told to illustrate our experience in a continuous improvement process.
Technical Paper

Simultaneous Automotive Engineering - Fact or Fiction

1992-09-01
922115
Simultaneous engineering methods are being used in automotive engineering. A brief explanation of the method and benefits are presented. Merging the methodology with new organizational structures provides greater advantages. A discussion of the benefits and future directions are presented.
Technical Paper

Concept Development Through Teamwork - Working for Quality, Cost, Weight and Investment

1991-02-01
910212
This paper presents a method for developing a product design and manufacturing process concept, before project final approval, which integrates several other methodologies and uses cross-functional teams. It is a method for completing a “paper” study which quickly considers many of the downstream steps of product development, which will be conducted in greater detail later. It results in a selection of the best design and process for the overall product application and supports this selection with sound numerical targets for quality, cost, weight, investment and process capability.
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Stiffness Simulation Techniques and Test Correlations in Automotive Interior Cockpit Systems (IP, Door Trim and Floor Console Assembly)

2014-04-01
2014-01-1025
An automotive cockpit module is a complex assembly, which consists of components and sub-systems. The critical systems in the cockpit module are the instrument panel (IP), the floor console, and door trim assemblies, which consist of many plastic trims. Stiffness is one of the most important parameters for the plastic trims' design, and it should be optimum to meet all the three functional requirements of safety, vibration and durability. This paper presents how the CAE application and various other techniques are used efficiently to predict the stiffness, and the strength of automotive cockpit systems, which will reduce the product development cycle time and cost. The implicit solver is used for the most of the stiffness analysis, and the explicit techniques are used in highly non-linear situations. This paper also shows the correlations of the CAE results and the physical test results, which will give more confidence in product design and reduce the cost of prototype testing.
Technical Paper

The Processes and Technologies Used in the Design, Build, and Test of the Dodge Stratus Super Touring Car

1996-12-01
962505
Chrysler is a company run by automotive enthusiasts, and its motorsports programs are an integral part of the company's corporate, brand, and product development process. Chrysler's motorsports programs are executed from within its Platform Team system by the same engineers, using the same processes and facilities as production vehicle programs. This results in teaching and inspiring engineers, designers, and technicians, as well as providing genuine technical benefits to the company. This paper tells the “how” story of the design, build, and test of the Dodge Stratus Super Touring Car. Detailed results have been purposely omitted from the paper due to the competitive nature of motor racing.
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