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TonyEX
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multiple platforms on any one plant? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-15-2002 13:25
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Does this article mean that Honda's factories can build any vehicle in any one plant? I thought they were set up to build any one of the variations of a given platform in any one plant....

This would mean that Honda could build Accords, TLs, MDXs on one line, and Civics, CRVs on another. But not Civics and Accords on the same line.

I remember the bit about Honda keeping the mounting points on any one platform at the same place so that as new models were being introduced, the machines wouldn't have to be redesigned..... Which of course means that a machine built fot the midsize platform could be used for any midsize vehicle for not for any small platform vehicle.....

So, if Honda were to build a body on frame pick up truck, it'd need a whole new set of factories and machines. So that truck should have to spawn a whole new set of vehicles -'cause a unibody based truck wouldn't be very rugged, and to create a new platform for just one vehicle wouldn't be very profitable.

"Honda wouldn't be able to turn out so many products if it hadn't completely overhauled its manufacturing system during the past seven years. Today, nearly all of Honda's worldwide auto plants share a standard layout that cuts the cost and time needed to change tooling for different models by half, and allow for as many as eight different cars to be built on a single line. "

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Re: multiple platforms on any one plant? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-16-2002 12:12
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If I remember correctly, Honda can switch their production line to build whatever car they want quickly.
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Re: multiple platforms on any one plant? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-16-2002 13:24
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honda invested a lot of money on robotic technology so that they would be able to change their assembly line configuation quickly and efficiently. They didn't show the Asimo dancing robot for nothing.
Truebeliver
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Re: multiple platforms on any one plant? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-16-2002 22:58
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The first plant in the US to make multiple platforms was East Liberty Plant in Ohio. The plant was producing Civics and the Acura CL ( Accord Based Platform) was added as the first Acura to be built in the US. The CL along with the TL moved to Marysville later on.
TonyEX
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Re: multiple platforms on any one plant? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-17-2002 21:44
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Yeah, dancing Asimo is cool but it sucks at Karaoke....

MAFA2004 wrote:
honda invested a lot of money on robotic technology so that they would be able to change their assembly line configuation quickly and efficiently. They didn't show the Asimo dancing robot for nothing.


Type R-Positive
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Re: multiple platforms on any one plant? [View News Item]    (Score: 1, Normal) 11-18-2002 14:15
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The East Liberty plant was chosen for first generation CL for that very reason... it was the newest, most flexible plant (at least in North America) at the time and utilized a highly variable pitch for the line speed that allowed Civics and Accord-based CL's to be built at the same time.

So flexible, in fact, that this plant was able to launch an all-new CL to higher quality standards, a new generation of Civic and the CL V6 all within months of each other. Really impressive.


 
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