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HP Enterprise Services and Apriso on March 1 announced General Motors has selected HP to implement an Apriso solution to expand visibility into and control over battery manufacturing and supply chain operations.
This advanced technology will help GM expand control of production and product quality at its new Chevrolet Volt battery assembly plant.
GM selected HP to implement Apriso’s manufacturing and quality solutions as a key part of its next-generation manufacturing processes. This implementation is designed to drive continuous improvement and provide flexibility for innovation in product design changes and marketplace responsiveness.
“Given the new technologies and the breadth of supplier relationships that are integral components of the Chevrolet Volt, we needed a fundamentally different approach to manufacturing operations,” said Kevin Mixer, director, Quality Systems, General Motors. “With market demands shifting, technologies evolving and new production processes across a distributed manufacturing network, partners like Apriso and HP aided us in adapting quickly.”
“Now more than ever, manufacturers have a critical need for real-time quality issue notification and visualization of problems,” said Mark Collins, vice president, General Motors business, HP Enterprise Services. “With industry-leading expertise in manufacturing operations, HP can employ modular, scalable solutions to increase flexibility, making global manufacturers like GM more nimble.”
HP also has successfully implemented Apriso’s FlexNet at other GM manufacturing plants in the United States and China, with further implementations planned over the next 24 months.
“Our customers and partners increasingly view Apriso as a trusted advisor to improve global manufacturing operations – a challenge we have consistently met,” said Jim Henderson, president and chief executive officer, Apriso. “Apriso has a deep understanding of the unique issues facing the automotive industry, which can benefit GM by incorporating the industry’s best practices for quality, continuous improvement and manufacturing operations excellence.”
GM’s new battery production facility is located in Brownstown Township, Mich. The Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric passenger car is currently scheduled for production this year.
General Motors, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 204,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM’s largest national market is the United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM’s OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation.
Apriso Corporation is a software company dedicated to providing competitive advantage for its customers. It does so by enabling organizations to adapt quickly and easily to market changes and unexpected events. Apriso’s FlexNet platform provides visibility, adaptability and real-time control of manufacturing operations across the enterprise and supply chain network. This is accomplished by integrating planning, execution and control, increasing operational efficiency and eliminating errors in the production process. Apriso serves more than 175 customers in 41 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Its customers include General Motors, Lear, Honeywell, L’Oréal, Trixell, Lockheed Martin, Becton Dickinson, Saint-Gobain, Novelis and Essilor, among others.