Fiat Chrysler’s Tipton Transmission Plant in Tipton, Indiana has earned ‘Bronze’ status in FCA’s World Class Manufacturing standards ratings system, the automaker has announced.
Tipton Transmission is FCA’s newest plant, with production commencing at the facility in April 2014. After two years of operation, it has upped its manufacturing standards to a ‘Bronze’ level, becoming the FCA plant to earn the designation in the shortest amount of time.
In order to earn ‘Bronze’ status in WCM standards, plants must undergo a two-day audit that rates the plant based on 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars. Points are awarded based on employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been implemented across the shop floor, FCA says.
“Our UAW partners have embraced the WCM methodology, understanding that its implementation is essential to our long-term success,” said FCA North America manufacturing vice president Brian Harlow. “The active participation of our hourly employees, through their ideas and input, is critical to making FCA US manufacturing facilities among the best in the world.”
FCA’s WCM methodologies aim to reduce or eliminate waste at its plants, along with increasing productivity and improving quality and safety. WCM also “engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership.”
World Class Manufacturing is a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership.
WCM was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and has since been spread across the entire FCA brand portfolio. 10 other facilities in addition to Tipton currently hold MCM Bronze designations, including the Trenton Engine and Warren Stamping plants in Michigan and the Kokomo Transmission plant in Indiana.