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Tracking Industry Operations Activity: A Case Study of US Automotive Manufacturing

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Author(s)

Douglas Thomas, Anand M. Kandaswamy

Abstract

Private firms, driven by competition, frequently achieve advances in efficiency on their own accord; however, there are often barriers to advancement that surpass the ability of any single firm. Additionally, competition, lack of communication, and other factors can prevent the collaborative efforts necessary to overcome such barriers. It is in these types of situations that publicly-funded research efforts are often necessary for advancing industry efficiency. Unfortunately, there are numerous factors affecting efficiency and only a limited number of them can be identified. The result is that researchers must examine areas of manufacturing that consume high levels of resources in order to identify change agent efforts that have a high return on investment. To identify high resource areas it is necessary to have an inventory and model of resource consumption. This report identifies data on manufacturing activity and provides a model for tracking operations activity. The method is then illustrated in the automotive manufacturing industry.
Citation
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1601
Report Number
1601

Keywords

supply chain, value chain, manufacturing, input output, automotive manufacturing, manufacturing

Citation

Thomas, D. and Kandaswamy, A. (2015), Tracking Industry Operations Activity: A Case Study of US Automotive Manufacturing, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.SP.1601 (Accessed May 28, 2024)

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Created December 14, 2015, Updated June 24, 2021