The Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA), which is the result of a three-way between DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai and Mitsubishi that produces four-cylinder engines in mass quantities, will be trying out a new work schedule called "3-2-120" at its new plant in Dundee, MI. The name stands for three crews on two shifts working 120 hours per week.
Where a typical plant with eight-hour shifts has to work 245 days per year to achieve 1,960 hours of productive time, the new GEMA plant uses 10-hour shifts so that only 196 days are required to do the same amount of work. That's 49 less days and, more importantly, no overtime. GEMA will use the "3-2-120" work schedule across the board at its second plant in Dundee when it opens next year.

[Source: DCX]


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