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Once upon a time, summer camp was a place out in the woods with fresh air, hiking trails, a cold lake and lots of mosquitoes. Today, there are lots of alternatives, ranging from space camp to band camp. Now comes . . . manufacturing camp.
The North American auto industry is converting to a metric wire standard, as it produces more and more global vehicle platforms. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors will begin converting to ISO 6722 wire on new product lines. However, all carryover vehicles will continue to use SAE J1128 wire.
Both recipients of 2010 Shingo Prize are assembly plants in Mexico. This is the first time since 1988 that the prestigious operational excellence award did not go to at least one U.S.-based plant. Is this anything to be alarmed about?