BorgWarner Selects SeeCommerce to Boost Plant Floor Performance

Manufacturer of aftermarket automotive parts deploys supply chain software to improve operations

Manufacturer of aftermarket automotive parts deploys supply chain software to improve operations

Palo Alto, CA — July 6, 2004 — BorgWarner, a manufacturer of components and systems for vehicle powertrain applications, has selected SeeCommerce's SeeChain 5.0 applications to improve operational performance at its Emissions/Thermal Divisions Cadillac Michigan Operation.

The provider said SeeChain enables the Cadillac Michigan Operation to increase workplace productivity and equipment utilization by identifying inefficiencies, and their root causes, in the company's manufacturing processes.

Using SeeChain, the BorgWarner Cadillac Michigan Operation monitors key performance indicators (KPIs) across three production shifts to identify specific components of its manufacturing process that are creating bottlenecks or slowing down output. These include machine operator productivity, tool changeovers, quality control checks and equipment maintenance. By collecting and standardizing data from plant operational systems, SeeChain presents a single view of performance metrics and which areas need improvement.

"To achieve our productivity objectives, we need to understand how we are performing at each step of the manufacturing process and be able to compare and correlate this data within the same production shift and across shifts," said Todd Bennington, plant manager for BorgWarner's Cadillac Michigan Operation. "SeeChain enables us to collect data from separate operational systems and identify performance exceptions and root cause information so we can take corrective actions to eliminate inefficiencies. By providing a standardized view into plant-wide operational performance, the software also makes it easier to make operational adjustments that affect more than one manufacturing process."

John Ferraro, CEO for SeeCommerce, added, "SeeChain is providing the BorgWarner Cadillac Operation measurable results by creating a closed-loop solution for isolating, understanding and fixing operational inefficiencies across its complex multi-product manufacturing processes."