AP: Nissan Decries Incremental Change

September 13th, 2017 by

Nissan’s innovators favor monumental changes instead of incremental progress, according to a recent story by the Associated Press.

The story came about after comments made by Nissan officials about “kaizen”– the fine-tuning and bit-by-bit progress in auto manufacturing.

“The old-style kaizen gives you a 5 percent, maybe a 10 percent, improvement. But our team’s goal is what we call ‘kakushin,’ to deliver change that’s a multiple of the previous,” said Atsuhiko Hayakawa, a corporate vice president who heads powertrain production at Nissan.

Evidence of kakushin is on display at Nissan’s Yokohama plant, according to the Associated Press. There, a coating technology reduced the metal liner of a cylinder block of an engine to about the tenth of its previous thickness.

Engineers employed a new technique, spraying molten iron on the component. The alternative would be to reduce the thickness of the cast-iron piece.

The technology is now used on a half a million vehicles each year, including the GT-R sports car, the Pathfinder sport-utility vehicle, and the Infiniti QX60 luxury SUV.

The entire article can be read here. It’s an interesting read.

Innovation on all levels. It’s just another way that Nissan excites.

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