Detailed and cross-functional insights into the retooling project at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.
Model and development cycles in the automotive industry have become shorter and shorter in recent years. This applies in particular to new engine generations with the requirements on fuel consumption and emissions forcing the industry to continually drive new developments. An example of the enormous effort involved in the production changeover to new engine models is the manufacturing system at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) plant in Bielsko-Biala in Poland. The production line for the proven TwinAir engines was to be split up in order to integrate the new GSE (Global Small Engine) engine family. A project that presented the people in charge at HELLER with a significant challenge.
TEXT Manfred Lerch PHOTO HELLER