“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.
Apple’s Mac means business – December 18, 2006