DEARBORN - On August 5, the Powertrain New Model Team held a Global Powertrain Launch Summit in Dearborn at the VOGO Pilot Plant. This was part of a continued effort to globally strengthen the Powertrain New Model Launch processes. Event participants included William Russo, global director, PTME; Alex Maciag, director, Manufacturing, PTO; Kelvin Squires, executive engineer, PTME; Indy Singh, director, AP PTME and Craig Fike, director, Global PT NMP as well as various cross functional leads from all regions and functions (NMP, PTME, PTO, FPS, Finance and STA).
John Fleming, executive vice president, Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, kicked off the four-day summit delivering the following key messages:
• Overall perception of powertrain launch performance is very good
• Need to develop a better understanding of the determinants impacting launch and the launch rate of climb
• Establish standards/models around these variables to better forecast and predict/plan for future success
• Incorporate a continuous improvement mindset around the launch process
• Include all the stakeholders and understand the interdependencies between them
Ultimately, launch improvements begin with the knowledge and understanding of the launch process and its standards. Setting the right Launch standards are important in order to deliver a consistent Powertrain launch globally at any Powertrain plant.
During the summit, participants worked through different work streams to improve the launch standards. At the event’s conclusion, an executive report out was conducted to review the outcomes from the summit. Various leaders addressed the team during this report out.
Marsha Winegarden, executive director, Global NMP, reiterated the point that utilizing a standard set of processes for launching new models is the key to delivering quality targets. Additionally, she expressed appreciated for the team’s initiative and progress in setting launch standards.
Also in agreement, William Russo, global director, PTME, communicated the importance of this initiative as well as efforts from whole cross functional team in working together to develop the launch standards.
In closing the session, Fike thanked all the cross functional teams for their participation and support during the event. He also noted that this process would carry on in order to continue the development of the best launch standards for application in all Powertrain launches globally.