Prodrive uses GAGEpack
to assure product quality
From the race track to the battlefield, Prodrive
aspires to help manufacturers all over the world create vehicles
that people want. That’s a tall order, with literally hundreds
of millions of vehicles on roads around the world, but Prodrive
is among the world’s leading motorsport and automotive technology
businesses, and GAGEpack
is helping the company prove that it’s up to the challenge.
With operations in the United Kingdom, U.S., Germany, Thailand, and Australia, Prodrive employs more than 1,000 to design and deliver OEM-approved product enhancements that range from visual styling cues and performance upgrades, to vehicle re-engineering and manufacturing required for approval in new markets. From its original emphasis on motorsports, Prodrive has worked closely with vehicle manufacturers around the world to enhance passenger cars and other vehicles, including an armoured Range Rover with bullet-proof glass and an armoured bodyshell.
To maintain the quality of its products and processes,
Prodrive uses about 2,500 gages in its operation. GAGEpack
keeps track of this collection, facilitating the check-in, check-out
process as well as calibration reports and MSA studies. GAGEpack
users at separate sites are linked to a database via a designated
server. "Group check-in and check-out is a GAGEpack feature
that is absolutely essential to us, since it saves both time and
manpower," according to quality manager Philip Gilbert. Group check-in,
check-out, and calibration are among new features in GAGEpack
7.0. They allow users to combine gages into one group and easily
perform block operations.
Prodrive's auto racing credentials are impressive;
its cars have won six World Rally titles with Subaru; five British
Touring Car Championships with BMW, Alfa Romeo, and Ford; and the
GTS class at Le Mans with a Ferrari. The company runs the Subaru
World Rally Team in the World Rally Championship, Aston Martin Racing
in world sports car series; and Ford Performance Racing in the Australian
V8 Supercar Championship Series. They have been confirmed as an
entrant for the 2008 Formula One World Championship.
Because the company's original focus was on motorsports, it has a unique culture, according to company chairman David Richards. On the company website, he says that Prodrive's "single-minded focus on winning generates tremendous energy and a relentless desire to seek new ways to achieve ever more ambitious goals."
Energy alone is not enough to assure high quality
products, of course. But after a pit-stop to add GAGEpack
to its tool kit, the company has moved into the fast lane, producing
high quality products to enhance the lives of drivers around the
world-on the race track and at the shopping mall.
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