Has Honda Just Topped Henry Ford? 0

Has-Honda-Just-Topped-Henry-FordHenry Ford was the man who arguably perfected the modern production line. Of course this was done with Henry Ford’s original cars and now, Ford the company as his legacy, and is one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world. So, after the production line was created has anything changed? No, no it hasn’t. The production line from 1913 had been the same up until recently in 2016. Now there may be a new and more efficient way to mass produce products for the consumer thanks to Honda.

Honda has done this by creating a revolutionary new U shaped production line. Based in a plant in Thailand, this new method named the Assembly Revolution Cell (ACR), utilises small teams of workers which work on the vehicle in production, in stages. So, instead of workers completing small task after small task, the new production utilises small but specialised teams on ‘cells’ which move around the production line. The cell platform therefore holds the teams and the parts needed to complete the vehicle and as it moves round, the empty boxes can be taken off. The vehicle will then be completed before the end of the line and the workers can then get off and walk the short distance to the start again.

What this revolutionary approach has done therefore, is cut the time workers would usually have to walk between parts. It also allows for more tasks to be completed at once which ends the old arduous task that a worker would have to do all day. In a statement, Honda has stated that the ACR has managed to decrease expenditure on factory and staff costs (as less staff need to be employed), whilst also increasing efficiency. In fact, the ACR has apparently increased efficiency by 10 percent, which is impressive

It is amazing that Honda have been able to better the Ford mass production line. It has only taken a company over 100 years to do so, and although Honda has said that they may not roll it out to all of their factories, we are sure that the ACR may soon be very popular with many companies.

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