Siemens’ product lifestyle management technology is being used by Ford globally. This software enables virtual navigation of assembly plants, all the way down to individual workstations. IntoSite is a cloud-based web application, developed by Siemens using Google Earth, which allows users to share information within the virtual plants. This new technology is expected to improve communication, efficiency, globalization and standardization
Initially being studied ad Ford’ Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, the IntoSite program is expected to generate additional benefits across Ford and its global manufacturing team. Efficiency comes from the opportunity to store and access documents in a common place instead of multiple systems. It streamlines sharing large media files by leaving out a third party and not having to worry about amount of space for the file. It is globalizing these processes by allowing a team member to travel virtually to any plant in the world by linking all sites together. Standardization will be aided because everything can be uploaded and accessed the same ways. Sharing files, which is a key part of Ford production systems, just got much easier.
IntoSite was developed by Siemens as a way to aid manufacturing professionals virtually fly into any factory location around the world. They can explore, alaign, collaborate and share knowledge without leaving the office. It allows more planning and issue resolution to occur without costly plane trips.
Zvi Feuer, senior vice president, manufacturing engineering software, Siemens PLM software said, “Ford takes a very innovative approach to manufacturing, so it’s no coincidence that they are the first to leverage IntoSite. Siemens and Ford have been working together for many years to close the knowledge gap between engineering and manufacturing. The IntoSite implementation is the latest step in this effort and is another example of how Siemens’ PLM solutions enable manufactures to make smarter decisions which result in better products.”
Overall, IntoSite improves collaboration by enabling the sharing of best practices, tips and tricks via a non-structured crowd-source capability. Fostering the sharing of local factory best practices with central engineering and other factories, turning local insight into enterprise efficiencies.
Your local dealer of Ford Cars near Maryville is always supportive of further Ford globally. This move will improve communication in the short run, and Ford Car development in the long run. As always, Ford keeps us on the edge of our seats.