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Consortium Aims to Shorten
New-Vehicle Lead Times

Consortium Aims to Shorten
New-Vehicle Lead Times

Tuesday, November 4, 2003
 
A consortium of tooling suppliers, researchers, Ford and General Motors are working to develop software to help reduce launch lead times for new vehicles, courtesy of a $5.3 million grant, according to AutoTech Daily. Spearheading the effort is the Center for Automotive Research, Ann Arbor, MI. In addition to the grant, from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program, the four-year project will receive $5.5 million from participating companies. Partners calculate that the software, known as the Digital Body Development System, may save U.S. automakers $3.5 billion in vehicle launch costs through shortened lead times, a reduced number of physical prototypes and improved quality. Key to the project is early involvement of tooling suppliers. Also participating in the program: Altarum Institute, American Tooling Center, Atlas Tool, Autodie International, Cognitens, ComauPICO, EDS, Perceptron, Riviera Tool Co., Sekely Industries and Thunder Bay Pattern Works. The University of Michigan and ne State University are providing program support.

 

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