City Michigan - DaimlerChrysler Corporation has announced a sweeping
Internet-based program that links its product creation and volume
production processes to its procurement and Customer Connect network to
gain maximum efficiency for the Company.
program, called 'FastCar', will allow DaimlerChrysler to leverage
Internet technology, interconnecting the company's design, engineering,
manufacturing, quality, finance, procurement & supply, sales and
'FastCar' project is as ambitious as any we've ever done," said
James P. Holden, DaimlerChrysler Corporation's President and CEO.
"It will provide real-time transparency to the product development
process, but, more importantly, it will dramatically increase the speed
and precision of development, reduce waste and increase the quality of
than a decade ago, DaimlerChrysler redefined how cars are developed with
its platform team approach, bringing all of the various disciplines –
product planning, design, engineering, manufacturing, procurement &
supply, the Extended Enterprise®, finance, sales, etc. – together at
one time in one place. The next progression was the new Chrysler
Development System (CDS), which focused on innovation and quality while
reducing total costs and cycle time. CDS enables DaimlerChrysler to keep
the design window open longer, while selecting the best product and
manufacturing process decisions, aligned with market demands. Finally, 'FastCar'
is the e-architecture driving product creation, linking the CATIA
pipeline with the business infrastructure. It provides dynamic,
real-time, precise assessment of all metrics during the most intense
phase of the development process.
established the culture through platform teams, the process through CDS
and now, we're adding the technology to make it all work at
super-speed," said Holden. "We're not simply Web-enabling old
systems, we're creating a completely new way to communicate information
and data within our organization which will eventually replace the old
systems. It's not unlike trying to re-wire a plane while it's in
has selected several technology partners to make 'FastCar' a reality.
Dassault Systems currently supplies the CATIA (Computer Aided
Three-Dimensional Interactive Application) system software, with about
4,100 internal users and about 5,000 external users and i2 Technologies
will provide the business integration software.
allows us to manage change in a more dynamic way, both internally and
externally," said Gary E. Dilts, Senior Vice President of
DaimlerChrysler's eConnect Platform. 'FastCar' will allow us to do
things faster and better. Project managers, at all levels, will be able
to retrieve information about a product program as easily as one checks
a stock portfolio online. Cost, weight, investment, timing, product
planning, supplier and customer data will be available on a real-time
basis from a laptop computer.
the life cycle of a product, there are literally tens of thousands of
changes made. As a change is made, it may take as much as 90 days to
communicate that change throughout the organization. 'FastCar' will give
us the tools to communicate instantly throughout the company and its