Painting the 3DayCar:developing a new approach to automotive coatings and lean manufacture


Howard, M. and Graves, A., 2001. Painting the 3DayCar:developing a new approach to automotive coatings and lean manufacture. In: Automotive and Transportation Technology Congress and Exhibition, 2001-10-01 - 2001-10-03.

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Automotive painting is essential not only for providing a flawless and emissions free system of body coating, but as a key enabler of customer order fulfillment. Paint shops in the UK and Europe continue to require large batch-sizes, long lead-times and suffer from high levels of defects. This represents considerable waste in the system, contrary to the principles of lean manufacture and building-to-order. This research suggests that the role of the paint shop may be changing, where the emphasis on production is moving towards customer-pull, total system reliability and batch sizes of one. Whilst the advance in water-borne and powder technology are likely to remain of an incremental nature, new manufacturing concepts such as alternative body construction and thermoplastic in-molded color panel technology, may radically change how coatings are applied during vehicle production.


Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
CreatorsHoward, M.and Graves, A.
DepartmentsSchool of Management
ID Code11457


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