CHENNAI, India — Two teams from Ford India have triumphed at the 26th National Convention on Quality Concepts by capturing “Par Excellence” awards, beating more than 1,000 teams to the titles.
The convention was held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, and organised by the Kanpur chapter of the Quality Circle Forum of India.
Ford India’s two Natural Work Group (NWG) teams — ‘Power Train Promoters’ from the Engine Plant and ‘Body Framers’ from Body Shop respectively — competed for the prestigious title against 1,027 Teams from 325 organisations from across India. The theme of the convention was ‘Inclusive Growth Through Quality Concepts’ which attracted over 7,000 delegates from all the major automakers and manufacturing industries.
While the ‘Power Train Promoters’ won the award for their success in improving the diesel variant engines to best-in-class Ford ratings in things gone wrong (TGW), the team of ‘Body Framers’ won for its NWG initiative to run the framing robot welding line with an innovative contingency process capable of up to 35 Jobs per hour during robot breakdowns.
“Taking Ford to greater heights in quality and productivity is our prime focus through continuous improvement,” said S. Suresh Kumar, the champion of Ford India’s NWG Process Implementation Team.
NWGs are Ford India’s equivalent of Quality Circle, and there are nearly 237 NWGs in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing operations of Ford India. These groups are constantly trying to improve quality, efficiency and safety by meeting regularly to brainstorm various issues encountered in their day-to-day operations.
Every year, teams compete for awards in plant level competitions. Winners get a chance to participate in state, national and international contests. Last year, Quality Riders and Body Shining teams were awarded Par Excellence awards in the same competition.
“We are extremely delighted to have won this top national recognition consecutively for the past two years – it shows the great efforts our NWG teams are making to Go Further and to implement best practices in manufacturing,” said Tom Chackalackal, executive director, Manufacturing, Ford India.
Team members of ‘Body Framers’ from the Body Shop receive the award at IIT Kanpur.