Although PWAF is not scheduled for completion until 1992, Richard Gandibleux, plant manager, is clearly proud of the results to date.
Under PWAF, the plant embarked on a four-step process to improve manufacturing methods and streamline materials flow:
Changes like these are a key part of the automate step in the PWAF process.
Although Western is clearly proud of the plant's innovations in materials handling and assembly line design, he stresses that people have played the key role in the PWAF program.
"We see PWAF as an evolutionary process," says Western.