Bridgestone reveals details of BIRD system

Tokyo–Bridgestone has lifted the veil on its latest production system, BIRD, just a little bit. Bridgestone has confirmed a newspaper report saying the system will be on stream from January 2005. The manufacturing cell-based BIRD (Bridgestone Innovative and Rational Development) system is closer in concept to Pirelli’s MIRS than the integrated solution adopted by Michelin with C3M.

Bridgestone says BIRD operates with a kind of manufacturing cell, comprising about 10 stations, none of which is higher than a metre or two. The total area of…

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