Project management in a stamping plant
do's and don'ts
Automobile stamping plants contain powerful, house-sized metal presses, studded with automated spot-welding systems, that stamp out automobile parts and other metal sub-assemblies. This article discusses areas where stamping plants can benefit from project management (such as press line refurbishment and installation, facility improvements, and tool and die construction) and presents strategies for implementing project management in a stamping plant environment. Judging from successful implementations, the most promising approach combines top-level support of project management with the single-minded efforts of a knowledgeable and energetic project manager whose mission is to bring the benefits of project management to many throughout the organization. In the long-term, project management can be used to address persistent and difficult problems.