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May 30, 2007
The newly completed GPEC centralized production trial and analysis processes will contribute to these SOP events this year.
Since 2005, Nissan has been implementing V-3P (*1) in order to reduce development lead time. V-3P is an advanced multi-dimension digital design and engineering software program that allows the parallel development of design, engineering and production processes through virtual data manipulation. When a new vehicle project reaches its confirmation milestone, there is an immense amount of digital data available such as those related to the die, jig and tooling.
With the set of relevant data, the engineers at GPEC can set up a trial production line for the vehicle that is consistent to the Nissan Integrated Manufacturing System (NIMS). By employing this technology, the engineers can fully monitor, control and rectify all the parameters to ensure a smooth and seamless production process at the actual SOP. The final programs developed at GPEC can be accurately and exactly duplicated to any of Nissan's global manufacturing sites. Each plant can then start up a new vehicle production in a faster timeframe whilst maintaining the high quality standards.
Construction of GPEC commenced in October 2005 at Area 2 of the Zama Operations Center. With a total investment of 5.1 billion yen, the completed facility boasts an area of 30,000m2, which will accommodate 300 employees. The center includes a pilot plant designed to test equipment destined for overseas locations. It also conducts body-welding testing and other systems analysis. GPEC will serve as a centralized facility for all production trials and analysis for all future products.
*1: V-3P: Value-Up Innovation of Product, Process and Program is an advanced vehicle development process that aims to reduce development lead time from 20.75 to 10.50 months, stretching from design approval to new model launch. *2: NIMS evolved from the Nissan Standard Line and was developed to deliver high quality new products at the global level in a shorter timeframe.
GPEC Fact Sheet Facility Name: Global Production Engineering Center (GPEC) Location: Zama Operations Center (Hironodai 2-10-1, Zama City, Kanagawa) Area: Approximately 30,000m2 Investment: Approximately 5.1 billion yen No. of Employees: Approximately 300
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