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‘Big data,’ big deal: Suppliers dig deep for nuggets of efficiency

Stamping press operators at Livonia-based private fastener supplier AlphaUSA enter production flow data up to 30 times per shift.
The family-owned supplier installed data collection terminals at its reorganized workstations late last year in an attempt to streamline production and find new ways to manage increased capacity without adding physical floor space or machines.
The North American automotive industry is preparing for 32 new and remodeled vehicle launches in 2014. In response, the supply base is finding ways to collect and analyze “big data” to improve product planning, streamline development and meet the industry’s aggressive launch schedules over the next three years.

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