April 11, 2006

Ford’s Oakville, Ontario plant to adopt wireless tracking

Oakville, Ontario – Ford’s Oakville Assembly Complex (OAC) in Ontario is installing one of the region’s largest wireless communications zones, to electronically manage the flow of parts for the production of the 2007 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX.

The wireless blanket will cover the entire 486,000-sq-metre complex and will include a shipping lane for trucks delivering key components right to the assembly line. The trucks will use electronic transponders, similar to those used on Ontario’s Highway 407 electronic toll road.

Dubbed “Fast Gate”, the dedicated lane will enable the transponders to trigger the main gate to open and instantly record the time and location of vehicles entering the site. The flexibility will allow a quick increase in production and help get parts and components to the final assembly area at the precise moment they are needed, and in proper sequence. The seamless process will also eliminate the need to stockpile parts.

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