GM has a strong industrial engineering department committed to implementing the latest lean manufacturing practices. The team is responsible for overall capacity planning and work balancing for the different production units at GM. By using Standard Minute Values (SMVs) for each process used in assembling a product, the team is able to accurately estimate the cost and time for manufacturing a particular style, which helps to reduce uncertainties and downtime.
At the factory floor, the Industrial Engineering team tracks productivity for individual workers and line units, which enables GM to implement an innovative performance based incentive system for the production staff. The team also tracks all inputs and work-in-progress through the production lines, ensuring a steady process flow and improving efficiency of the production organization.
GM seeks to continuously improve itself by implementing software solutions that help standardize processes, measure performance and improve efficiency. We have partnered with enterprise software leader Infor to implement a state-of-the-art Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system based on the M3 engine. Some of the functionalities and benefits of our customized IT infrastructure include:
GM provides several special programs to its clients that allow for reduced manufacturing lead times and better product development flexibility: