About Adient, LLC
Adient’s multiple facilities include a 125,000 square-foot plant in West Point, Georgia, where seats, door panels, and other interior parts are assembled for the Kia® Sorento.
In the automotive industry, things can change at a moment’s notice. “Customers are always reconfiguring – adding new products and updating standards. To keep up and stay competitive, our plants must be flexible and efficient,” says Todd Emmons, an engineer in the automotive business unit for Adient, LLC.
Flexibility and efficiency were top of mind in 2009 when Adient, LLC. began building a new plant in West Point, Georgia. Engineers set out to unveil a state-of-the-art automobile production facility that could accommodate the ever-evolving demands of the automobile industry.
“Our plan was to equip the plant with the most reliable, functional, cost-effective and reusable technology possible,” says Emmons. “The FlowCell® workstations helped us deliver on that plan.”
Gearing Up for the Future
At the Georgia plant, employees assemble seats, door panels, and other interior parts for the new Kia® Sorento. Nearly 500 cars a day move through the facility. “This is a high-volume plant. We’re completing 55 jobs an hour, and the goal is to step that up to 60 jobs an hour,” says Emmons.
In designing the plant, Emmons worked with John Maicki, president of DR Storage, to identify the line-side assembly technology that would best fit current and future production needs. “The Adient team had very specific requirements. They wanted something durable, ergonomically sound, and capable of accommodating the various product sizes on the production line,” says Maicki. “Most important, they needed an assembly line product that could be moved, adjusted, and reused as production demands changed.”