Comau has been named the bronze winner at the International Rational Process Achievement Awards 2017 organized by Kepner Tregoe. The prize was obtained for the implementation of the Kepner Tregoe PA (Problem Analysis) method in the development of a new body assembly framing station.
According to Comau, the station is a modular, highly flexible and expandable system, employed in body-in-white applications. The new framer, developed by Comau, is adaptable to any existing plant and can be used to assemble any type and size car. It is also Industry 4.0 compliant thanks to the ability to transfer work data and status information to the central system, both remotely and in real time. Its launch is scheduled for the last quarter of 2017.
The implementation of the new framer project was spearheaded by Comau’s engineering team and began in 2015. The design validation step, which began in the middle of 2016, involved cooperation between the Comau working team and the FCA Reactive Group, the training program regarding problem solving methodologies that was launched at Maserati by Judson Estes in 2013, and was deployed at the FCA EMEA level in 2017 with the coordination of Luca Baciarello. The body framer was a pilot project for Comau's involvement in this training program, in which the KT-PA methodology is taught and applied. The results achieved during the validation process allowed the engineers to successfully test the plant in a short time, ensuring that all technical parameters required to start the production were reached.
The Kepner Tregoe Bronze Award 2017 was officially delivered to Comau’s team during a ceremony recently held at FCA Group’s plant in Turin.