A group of Ernst & Young consultants from Moscow, Russia recently visited Tennessee to participate in a customized two-week training and certification program in advanced lean manufacturing. The world-class training program was developed by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (CIS) in conjunction with Tennessee automotive giants Nissan and Volkswagen. The advanced manufacturing training program included classroom instruction, practical training and facility tours with technical experts at the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan Decherd Powertrain Plant. The Decherd plant is a leading facility in predictive maintenance techniques, which helps to determine when in-service equipment needs to be serviced, resulting in overall cost savings. The Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant serves as a model in the industry for the innovative way it manages supply chain activities that transform materials and other resources into finished products.
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