HOW· FORD ACHIEVES FLEXIBILITY ON THE ASSEMBLY LINE
Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant in Wixom, Michigan, provides another good example of how, with careful planning,
several different products can be maQleon assembly lines. The Wixom plant produces the Mark VIII, the Uncoln Continental, and the Uncoln Town Car. To further com cat the situation, the Continental is a front-whee\. drive vehicle on a uni body chassis, whereas the Town Car and the Mark VIII are rear-wheel drive models rounded on a standard frame chassis. The line producing the Continental and the Town Car can be balanced by having between 67 percent and 75 percent of the cars be rear-wheel drive models. Although the Marl<VIII is assembled on its ow~ line, all three models share the same paint shop. Currently, the output from the-M~ VIII line is 10 cars per hour, and the Continental Town Car line produces 42 cars per hour.