Integrated Build: A New Approach to Building Automotive Bodies
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This paper introduces three auto body build concepts: net build (NB), functional build (FB) and integrated build (IB). Most manufacturers design and validate their vehicle launches using the NB concept. This concept is shown to be expensive, time consuming and not effective value added. Functional build has found growing acceptance as being preferable over NB. Functional build has tended to find the greatest acceptance as a die buyoff procedure for individual parts based on subassembly quality. Aspects of FB are shown in a case study where the manufacturer claimed to use FB for die development, but critical elements were omitted and opportunities lost.

Report published in the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Volume 3, No. 3/4, 2003.

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