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GM Central Foundry Div forms group to accelerate manufacturing technology.

General Motors Corp's Central Foundry Div has formed a new Divisional Manufacturing Engineering Group to accelerate the division's manufacturing process technology, according to Richard V. Stumph, director/Technology and Engineering Services.

"The group's role will be to implement existing process technology-those processes already available in the world today-into our plants," he said. "In addition, the group will also be assisting with the introduction of new processes being developed by our research and development community."

The overall goal, Stumph said, is to improve quality, cost and customer responsiveness of Central Foundry's manufacturing processes.

It marks a major step toward helping us meet our customers' requirements and being competitive in the 1990s," he added.

The new Manufacturing Engineering Group is headed by George W. Baumann, who was named director/Manufacturing Engineering. Baumann, who joined GM at Central Foundry in 1958, was most recently director/Manufacturing Administration.

With the new organization, resident process engineers will be placed in each of Central Foundry's plants.

"Their primary responsibility will be to help direct major process improvements and development activities at the plants," Stumph said. "They will also serve as a technological liaison in expressing the plant's needs to our research and development people, as well as to Central Foundry's Executive Committee."

The resident engineers will use available technical resources to assist plants with process enhancement and technical problem solving.

The move involves the transfer of several activities-environmental, industrial and facilities engineering-to the new Manufacturing Engineering Group. These activities were formerly part of the division's materials management staff.
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Title Annotation:Industry News; General Motors Corp.
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Dec 1, 1990
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