Issue: May 2011


Fiat Powertrain Selects Parsec Automation Corp. for Automotive Manufacturing Operations



TrakSYS Solution Supports Fiat Powertrain's Advanced Manufacturing and Quality Initiatives

by Steve Barclay

Fiat Powertrain has selected Parsec Automation Corp. to provide manufacturing operations solutions for its automobile engine plant assembly and machining operations in Brazil.

This is the second Fiat Powertrain plant in Brazil that has elected to leverage Parsec's TrakSYS(TM) real-time manufacturing operations and performance management software in support of the company's World-Class Manufacturing (WCM) business initiatives. The deployment of Parsec technology aligns with Fiat's strategic focus on 11 key strategic business objectives, including safety, cost deployment, focused improvement, autonomous maintenance, job organization, professional maintenance, quality control, logistics client services, early equipment management, people development, and the environment.

"Fiat Powertrain, in pursuit of WCM, has taken full advantage of TrakSYS operations and performance industrial automation technology to enable an integrated solution that will be continuously improving plant efficiency and reliability," said Thomas Muth, director of marketing at Parsec Automation.

Parsec teamed with HSI Sistemas Industriais, a Certified Parsec Partner, to deliver solutions that focus on the elimination of waste, target a zero-level of equipment breakdowns and quality defects, provide greater operator involvement in continuous improvement and effectively increase productivity for Fiat Powertrain's assembly and machining lines.

"Fiat Powertrain has been at forefront of performance and operations improvement and manufacturing excellence, and using TrakSYS as the cornerstone for its decision-support infrastructure has helped the company deliver on its business mission," said Alexandre Sujkowski, solutions and service manager at HSI Sistemas Industriais.

In addition to the new contract with Fiat Powertrain in Betim, Brazil, the Fiat Powertrain plant in Campo Largo, Brazil also has standardized its manufacturing operations and performance management technology on TrakSYS to drive WCM compliance.

Fiat's WCM initiative establishes a series of guidelines which involve a variety of business milestones including benchmarks for product standardization, supplier relations, the disposal of materials at the facility, and scientific methods to execute improvements. The goal in applying these guidelines and standards is to achieve the position as a world-class manufacturing operation with strategies and methods that deliver high levels of quality and productivity.

Muth noted that there are more than 3,000 TrakSYS installations around the world, with an increasing number in automotive and equipment manufacturing. TrakSYS helps plant owners reduce operating costs, improve responsiveness to customer demand and increase returns on asset investment.

About Fiat Powertrain
Fiat Powertrain is the sector specialized in the research, development, production and sale of engines from 69hp to 235hp and transmissions from 147Nm to 400Nm. With 12 plants and five research centers, it is one of the largest global players in the powertrain sector for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The company's R&D know-how and capabilities in engineering and production processes enable excellence in the development of innovative solutions in the powertrain field.

About HSI Sistemas Industriais
HSI Sistemas Industriais (www.hsinet.com.br) is an information technology and industrial automation solutions provider. Since 1993, HSI has provided turnkey solutions and develops integrated systems applied to management, automation and industrial processes control. HSI's solutions have assured the best cost-benefit relation to customers, and have always focused on the business process of each company, helping the improvement of operations on the plant floor, optimization in the use of production resources and the integration of production areas with enterprise business systems.

About Parsec Automation Corp.
Parsec Automation Corp. is the developer of TrakSYS(TM), a leading real-time operations and performance management software. Manufacturing companies worldwide rely on Parsec for flexible and configurable tools to execute manufacturing operations across the value stream more effectively. Without production disruption, TrakSYS(TM) helps manufacturers to significantly improve asset utilization and efficiency, increase capacity with no new capital equipment, reduce production costs, decrease lead time, and improve profitability. With measurable ROI
TrakSYS(TM) delivers the bottom-line results that manufacturing companies are looking for. For more information about Parsec please visit the corporate Web site at www.parsec-corp.com.

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