Vinod G is the Head of Digital and Chief Digital Architect at Ashok Leyland and has 24 years of experience in handling Business operations and IT operations. He has a strong record in creating robust IT architecture along with proven ability of bringing the benefits of IT to solve business issues. As Ashok Leyland’s Head of Digital, he has been responsible for major business transformation projects in the organization by leveraging digital technologies to drive new business models and revenue streams.
Ashok Leyland aimed to provide real-time feedback to assembly line associates on quality issues generated during assembly. Under this project, captured issues are displayed at respective work stations to sensitize the associates to ensure build quality. If no defects are generated, “good job” message is displayed. Codified quality defects are captured with respect to Vehicle Identification No (VIN), manufacturing plant, model, line and stage. The defects are then displayed through LED monitors stationed at respective stages. Rectified defects are marked complete using the Tab. If the defects are generated continuously, respective manufacturing and quality personnel in the line are alerted through SMS.
A dashboard provides visibility on Defects per Vehicle (DPV) generated across all assembly lines. This continuous monitoring improved the build quality considerably. The project led to a 20% defect reduction in three months. There is now a real-time information availability for triggering instant actions, including constant availability of information for process and product monitoring.