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AAM
www.aam.com / Headquarters: Detroit / Specialty: Driveline and drivetrain systems and related
components / AAM: "Our cross-functional teams are able to bring innovative solutions to products."

Midwest

electronically activated components
and systems. In addition to locations
in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and
Pennsylvania, AAM also has offices or
facilities in Brazil, China, Germany,
India, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico,
Poland, Scotland, South Korea,
Sweden and Thailand.

Manufacturing Technology

aam employs leading-edge manufacturing
technology in the production of driveline
and drivetrain systems.

Tech Know-how
aam's focus is on innovative products and systems
that are designed to meet customer requirements.
AAM is a global Tier I automotive
supplier of driveline and drivetrain
systems and related components for
light trucks, SUVs, passenger cars,
crossover vehicles and commercial
vehicles. Its footprint is regionally
cost-competitive and operationally
flexible regarding global manufacturing, engineering and sourcing. Its
competitive advantage is its highly
engineered, advanced technology
products, processes and systems,
along with operating performance,
the company says.
The company's technical center
and global engineering centers are
driven by a systematized innovation
process that is applied worldwide.
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tal concerns and vehicle performance is key to delivering maximum
value and satisfaction for customers,
the company says.
AAM incorporates leading-edge
manufacturing technology into the
production of driveline and drivetrain systems and components, and
metal-formed products. The company says its engineering and manufacturing are fully integrated, which
allows products to get to the assembly line and the consumer faster and
more efficiently. AAM estimates it
has invested approximately $4 billion
in capital expenditures.
The company's product portfolio
has expanded from high-volume
products such as front and rear axles
and driveshafts to include advanced,

The company explains it employs a factory information system that allows
views of the factory operation at any
time anywhere and analyzes operating
efficiency. Each product incorporates a
"birth certificate" to allow traceability.
This also is true of metallurgical products. AAM's quality information system uses a radio frequency tag to gather manufacturing information.
The manufacturing engineering
desktop captures and integrates product information and process sheets.
Manufacturing lines are built in 3-D
virtual reality, which allows them to be
simulated in a dynamic-mode line
operation before being built.
AAM employs lean manufacturing
as a business performance improvement tool that focuses on enhancing
quality, cost and delivery. One example is the pull system, a "supermarket"
approach where components are
staged and ready for assembly operations. The pull system improves efficiency, accelerates productivity and
helps maintain on-time delivery.
Another lean concept that contributes to continuous improvement
is the operational equipment effectiveness program. It is designed to
ensure maximum equipment uptime,
product quality and uninterrupted
product flow.

Quality Policy
AAM defines "quality" as satisfying
the requirements of the customer
who uses the product. AAM's quality
policy requires employees to demand
excellence of each other and to pursue new processes and continuous


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