Ford Motor Co. (F) announced that it is piloting a new software developed by Siemens (SI) that will help in virtual navigation within the former's assembly plants. This software will enable the automaker to enhance its global collaboration and share knowledge among the different plants.
The IntoSite application under the Tecnomatix portfolio is a cloud-based web application developed using the Google Earth infrastructure. IntoSite provides a 3D version of assembly plants and provides better information of the global processes.
Siemens' technology enables Ford’s manufacturing professionals to navigate virtually through the plants and share information within the virtual plants. The manufacturing professionals can explore, align, collaborate and share knowledge among the different factories located around the globe. This will also help the plants to organize manufacturing planning, issue resolution and share best practices globally. Thus, it will eventually help the automaker to enhance cross regional workplace communication.
Moreover, the Google Earth infrastructure helps in increasing the speed of adoption and implementation of manufacturing teams around the world. This visual communication is more effective than other methods.
Ford is initially testing the IntoSite technology at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. This new technology will enhance the efficiency of operation as it stores documents related to specific issues in a common place, and will lead to globalization and maintain standardization.
Ford is one of the largest automobile producers in the world along with General Motors Company (GM) and Toyota Motor Corporation (TM). Over the years, Ford has been working to maintain standardization around the globe. Ford is a global user of Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) technology. Siemens IntoSite application is a product of PLM software business unit.
Currently, Ford retains a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).