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Ram 1500 Production Increases at Warren Truck Plant to Meet Demand

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/25/2014 Kelly Pleskot
Ram 1500 Production Increases at Warren Truck Plant to Meet Demand

Thanks to a number of changes Chrysler has made at its Warren Truck Assembly Plant, the company will now build an additional 100 Ram 1500 pickups a day. This move will allow Chrysler to keep up with high demand for the model.

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Chrysler redesigned more than 353 work stations, or nearly all the work stations in the assembly area, to improve efficiency and quality. All the materials and parts workers need for certain tasks are now gathered into kits, reducing the time it takes walking to retrieve parts or tools and ensuring accuracy. The workspace also allows workers to build three different engines on the same line more efficiently, thanks to a color-coding process that reduces error.

Although most of the innovation came to the assembly line, a number of other updates will help things run more smoothly. Chrysler made improvements to the color booths in the paint shop and implemented automation changes in the body shop. In the process, it also corrected 100 issues that could cause injury to employees. The changes began at the end of last year and continued through the summer shutdown this August.

All in all, Chrysler should be able to build 28,565 more Ram 1500 trucks a year. Sales for this model have increased consistently for the past 52 months as the model underwent a huge redesign, which improved fuel economy, added a new transmission, and improved overall ride quality for the 2013 model year. Ford and Chevrolet just redesigned their F-150 and Silverado 1500 models respectively, so the competition will be even fiercer.

Source: Chrysler Group

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