AIAG AutoTech 2007 Spotlights Industry Guidelines and Standards in Educational Sessions
More than 50 sessions center on quality, product life cycle management, supply chain, warranty, IT and collaborative initiatives, as well as health safety and the environment. Spread over Tuesday and Wednesday, technical and managerial sessions will inform mid- to high-level management from OEMs, material and part suppliers at all tiers and solution providers about tools and resources for their companies to improve business performance. New sessions cover pandemic flu preparedness and response planning and what companies need to know about China Compulsory Certification compliance. Other presentations include new topics such as the transport of alternative fuel vehicles and components and AIAG's initiative on REACh (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals).
Educational tracks include: - OEM Sessions - Chrysler Group; Ford Motor Company; General Motors; Honda of America Manufacturing; Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing N.A., Inc. and Volvo Group discuss next steps, upcoming programs, changing requirements and supply chain standards. - Solutions Through Co-opetition - Case studies feature cooperative success stories on how companies manage cultural differences and varying corporate philosophies to create mutually beneficial solutions. - Update on Quality - Sessions present updates on ISO/TS 16949:2002 implementation including customer specifics for DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors. An update on the status of AIAG's special processes guidelines for heat treat, plating and coatings are also featured. - Changing Culture for Quality - Case studies and best practices provide insight into how companies can improve quality, achieve better customer satisfaction and increase sales. - Warranty - Sessions focus on current AIAG projects that address warranty reduction, customer centric warranty management - a joint initiative with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), early warning standards, plant floor-to-business initiatives and best practices from the truck and heavy equipment sector. - Global Supply Chain - International supply chain initiatives, global MMOG/LE, RFID, materials management key performance indicators and best practices for the flow of materials - especially from emerging countries - are addressed in these sessions. - Global Supply Chain Interoperability - Individual sessions concentrate on AIAG Business Object Document (BOD) development methodology, inventory visibility & interoperability (IV&I) e-kanban and the ATHENA project, as well as AIAG's Plant Floor-to-Business (P2B) initiatives. - Global Platform Interoperability - AIAG has been working with the industry to develop an interoperable, architectural framework to support distributed complex business processes using a consistent set of standards-based methods. This framework leverages XML, emerging Web services standards and service-oriented architecture to establish the foundations for next generation of business-to-business interoperability based on real industry requirements. - Global/Joint Efforts - AIAG's progress with other organizations in Europe, Japan and China to establish global standards and harmonized business practices are outlined in these sessions. - Emerging Health, Safety & Environmental Issues - Sessions present how AIAG members are integrating environmental issues into business and product planning to create competitive advantage and manage risk. - PLM Strategic Approaches in Automotive - Global PLM standardization efforts, digital engineering visualization, standardized metrology in automotive manufacturing, quality measurement data specifications and optical scanning standardization are examined in these sessions. - PLM Case Studies - Representatives from IBM Corp., UGS, Parametric Technology Corp. and Dassault Systemes explain how the use of PLM dynamic solutions provides immediate benefits for their client base.
In its 20th year, AIAG AutoTech 2007 focuses on collaboration among competing supply chain partners to create value and on the efforts of the more than 1,400 supply chain companies actively engaged in numerous AIAG initiatives. The theme of this year's AutoTech is Co-opetition: Creating Supply Chain Value. The conference features more than 50 sessions in 11 subject areas, OEM and keynote sessions and product demonstrations and case studies.
On Thursday, top purchasing executives from five automakers will participate in a panel session on industry issues. This panel session is also available as a standalone registration for $75.
The exhibit floor includes leading automotive manufacturers and suppliers, as well as service and technology providers displaying tools to help improve industry processes in automatic identification, collaborative engineering, e-commerce, business-to-business, supply chain management and quality. The early-bird registration rate, valid through July 31, will save attendees $200. Register at www.aiag.org.
Founded in 1982, AIAG is a globally recognized organization where OEMs and suppliers unite to address and resolve issues affecting the worldwide automotive supply chain. AIAG's goals are to reduce cost and complexity through collaboration; improve product quality, health, safety and the environment; and optimize speed to market throughout the supply chain. Headquartered in the metro Detroit area, its member companies include North American, European and Asia-Pacific OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry. Visit the organization's newly redesigned Web site at www.aiag.org.
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