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Automotive Sequencing


The concept of automotive sequencing originated from the just-in-time initiatives introduced by the automotive manufacturers and their suppliers in the early 1990's.

According to AMR Research, automakers are accelerating the sequence requirements. By 2010, more than 70% of a vehicle's content will be sequenced; it is 40% today. Those companies that cannot respond will likely be removed as preferred suppliers.

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Explore the following topics:

  • Receipt of sequenced data from OEM
  • 866 EDI or broadcast pulse
  • Pick-and-Pack sequencing
  • Build-to-Sequence process
  • Sequencing labeling requirements
  • Trailer loading in sequence


There are various methods and types of communication used by the automobile manufacturers to inform the suppliers of the build sequence.


Once the suppliers know the requirements, there are several different options to manufacture and deliver the parts in sequence to the manufacturer.


In addition to any internal supplier labeling requirements, the manufacturer usually requires specific labels to be affixed to the parts and the shipping racks.


Once the product is manufactured, sequenced, and properly labeled, it needs to be shipped to the manufacturer.


The final step in the process is receiving payment from the manufacturer. When sequencing parts, the timing of payment may vary...


A listing of some of the topics that are important for suppliers to consider and address.

Automotive Sequencing
  • The essence of automotive sequencing is for suppliers to deliver parts to the manufacturers just in time, and also in the proper build sequence, as requested by the customers. Generally, sequencing maximizes manufacturer's floor space, decreases the time a consumer waits for their new vehicle, and reduces the inventory levels being carried by manufacturer and supplier. Sequencing covers a number of components including doors, quarter panels, overhead systems, seats, wheels, glass, bumpers, exhaust systems,axles, and even engines. Sequencing optimizes production efficiency while also reducing waste and parts storage space.
  • The focus is to look at the issues related to automotive sequencing from the supplier's perspective. Furthermore, the information contained herein focuses on this topic from the information systems perspective, and will not elaborate on the physical planning, facilities layout, building infrastructure and other non-systems related areas.

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