Apple Mac mini units help automaker Ford boost assembly line efficiency

“If you’ve driven a Ford lately, chances are a Mac mini deserves some of the credit. Ford Motor’s contractor has installed the Apple-made computers in two of the automaker’s northern Indiana factories as part of a sequencing solution to boost assembly line efficiency,” Jim Dalrymple reports for Macworld.

“‘Mac minis are cost effective and they are reliable machines,” said Jonathan Schalliol, vice president of business development and chief financial officer of Information in Place,” Dalrymple reports. “The Bloomington, Ind.-based company is responsible for the development and installation of the Mac minis in Ford’s plants. ‘We did a lot of research and determined they were the best deal.'”

“A total of 14 Mac minis running on Intel Core Solo chips have been operational at the plants since early November, helping Ford assemble 800 cars a day. So far, everything is working perfectly, according to Schalliol,” Dalrymple reports. “As a result of the testing to put this project together, Schalliol said most of the people at his company, including the office staff, are now using Macs. For those that need Windows, the company has purchased the Parallels Desktop for Mac virtualization software.”

Full article, which explains what the minis do for Ford along with a photo, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “dontfearthetuba” and “loki capret” for the heads up.]
A mini foot in the door. Other business enterprises should take notice.

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Apple’s Mac means business – December 18, 2006

40 Comments

  1. No f’ing way I’ll ever use Macs!!!

    What do you think I am, stupid? Not going to put anyone on my staff out of a job and diminish my staffing levels (power) in the company.

    NO F’ING WAY!!!

    STFU about Macs – ain’t gonna happen on my watch!

  2. The Day Pigs Fly

    “A total of 14 Dells running on Intel Core Solo chips have been operational at the plants since early November, helping GM assemble 800 cars a day. So far, everything is working perfectly, according to Schalliol,” Dalrymple reports. “As a result of the testing to put this project together, Schalliol said most of the people at his company, including the office staff, are now using Windows.

  3. If you’ve seen Casino Royale, you’ll have seen probably the most fabulous car in the world…

    The DB9 from Aston Martin is owned by Ford….

    More of a MacBook Pro than a Mini I accept.

    One car related fact for you: OS X was launched in 2001, the same year as BMW relaunched the Mini… The Mini has just been updated to its “Tiger” equivalent.

    Two classic icons running in tandem.

  4. Oh yes, one of the great subjects to bring up. Nothing gets people screaming and frothing more than politics, computer choices and automobile preferences.

    Just for the record, though. I used to do advertising for one of the largest Ford dealerships in America. Because of that I received great deals on cars. I bought a Mercury Sable and a Mercury Mountaineer. While I really have no allegiance to any automaker, I can tell you that these two cars have been flawless. The Sable is now three years old with 100,000 miles and the only money I have put in (other than oil changes and tires) were new brakes. The Mountaineer is 2 years old and has never seen the inside of a repair facility.

  5. Anyone dissing Ford is obviously living in the past. I’ve got a shiny new Mustang GT, and not only have the reviews been stellar, the new Mustang is, quite simply, the best “bang for the buck” out there. It’s drop dead gorgeous, has the same 0-60 times as an Aston Martin DB9, and on my holiday vacation, my 300 HP pony averaged 27.5 MPG (at 70 MPH) on the freeway. At $26K, the new Mustang’s are a steal!
    MW “city”, as in Detroit!

  6. The story doesn’t have to be about an American owned company to suit me.
    Also in regards the Aston Martin: I wholeheartedly agree that it is one of the sexiest cars on the road. I had the pleasure of driving the the V12 Aston Martin Vanquish of a couple of days. I SO-O-O wish that I could own one of those! But note that Ford is looking for a buy of the Aston Martin operations.

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