Chrysler is working on a new manufacturing process that it plans on implementing to catch up to its Japanese rivals production efficiency. The plan calls for greater use of robotics, reducing the labor demands on the assembly line. The process is also designed to allow Chrysler to build multiple vehicles in a single factory. Again, the plan is dependent on robots that can perform multiple duties. Reprogramming these robots could allow them to perform multiple tasks, allowing the assembly line to adapt quickly when retooling is necessary. With computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing advancing every day, it is only a matter of time before cars are completely assembled by machine. In the long run, the usage of robotics will be necessary to keep US manufacturers competitive. Chrysler's small car plant in Belvidere, Ill will be the first to have the new process implemented.
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