Project Aim


With the large number of vehicle specifications and options assembled at the CNH Industrial Basildon plant, which makes products for the Company’s New Holland Agriculture and Case IH brands, maximising theclient production was a significant challenge from both an assembly and material ow perspective. CNH Industrial hoped to create a template for the enhanced, sustainable deployment of advanced lean techniques within a ‘New Assembly Line Standard’. Specific assistance was sought from HSSMI within Automation, Process Planning and Ergonomics such that these could be utilised as a standard for future CNH Industrial assembly line installations. The overall intention was to enable a dedicated team of both HSSMI and CNH Industrial Engineers to support this project from planning through to production, with specific support in work standardisation, ergonomics, 5S, visual team processes and lean material flow.

The Challenge


CNH Industrial were introducing a new, much larger product to their Basildon assembly plant however the new product was in fact too large to be produced on their existing “Post Paint” assembly line. Therefore HSSMI were requested to plan and develop a new stand alone ‘Post Paint Assembly Line’.

The Solution


The solution proposed by HSSMI included:

The activity successfully implemented changes within the cost budget, achieving improvements in all of the key objective areas. An important outcome of the activity was the successful installation of a new production facility which met the key objectives.

A “State of the Art” Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) system was introduced to take rst-stage built tractors from the paint area to and through the post paint assembly line. The outcomes of the project included improvements in the following areas: line side sub assembly; operator eciency through improved ergonomics, and inventory accuracy – by part location and by quantity. In particular, a focused improvement on the assembly process was followed to reduce the number of reported build defects.

Project Team


Lee

Satwik

Lorna