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« on: October 12, 2010, 10:15:25 AM »

I have a couple of questions regarding Chevrolet's "Body Bank" process used during the Camaro assembly:

Was the body bank's main function to schedule and release bodies to the assembly line so as to prevent overloading of certain stations on the line? So bodies in the bank were not held there for other than a short time so as to achieve this balance? Which would mean that even though VIN's did not necessarily come off the line in consecutive order, two consecutive VIN's were not very far apart from each other at the end of the line?

If there were six lines in the Body Bank, how many bodies could each line hold?

Jimmy V.
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2010, 02:28:41 PM »

I have a couple of questions regarding Chevrolet's "Body Bank" process used during the Camaro assembly:

Was the body bank's main function to schedule and release bodies to the assembly line so as to prevent overloading of certain stations on the line? So bodies in the bank were not held there for other than a short time so as to achieve this balance? Which would mean that even though VIN's did not necessarily come off the line in consecutive order, two consecutive VIN's were not very far apart from each other at the end of the line?

If there were six lines in the Body Bank, how many bodies could each line hold?

Jimmy V.

That's correct - bodies were scheduled into the Chevrolet system using several criteria, the primary one being line balance. VIN's off the end of the line were normally fairly close together unless a unit was held in the bank for a material shortage. Each line in the schedule bank held 10-12 units.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2010, 02:39:23 PM »

Thanks John.

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