Vehicle Production Exploration

Posted by A. Castillo | Automotive Manufacturing| March 2010

My career began with entering Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing (TEMA) as a manufacturing specialist in a two year rotational program. After three months of leadership, operations, and Toyota Production System training, I worked as an assembly engineer responsible for final assembly preparation activities in order to launch a new vehicle at a new plant. Later, I rotated into TEMA's Supplier Commodity Engineering group to lead steel forecasting and supply activities with a supplier based in Monterrey, Mexico. Currently, I work under TEMA's Production Engineering group in the vehicle plastics division. My current responsibilities include sourcing, development, and implementation of future vehicle plastic injection molds and associated machinery throughout Toyota's North American manufacturing facilities.

Through my diverse experience within Toyota's manufacturing environment, I gained knowledge in Toyota's production system and applied this knowledge throughout my career. Additionally, the rapid pace of product development from concept to launch instilled me with a solid foundation in the methodology for supplier, vendor, and project management.

The following are personal project samples also used during presentations to local youth interested in pursuing careers in engineering and science:

  1. Assembly Engineering
  2. Stamping Engineering
  3. Plastics Engineering

Sound Art and Audio Engineering

Posted A. Castillo | Adventures in Sound | May 2010

Sample work:

  • Loudspeakers

Manufacturing Methods and Study

Posted by A. Castillo | Magic of Manufacturing | September 2009

Increasing complexity of new products will require the minimization of the complexity of the manufacturing process to reduce cost. As with new vehicles, product variety and range will increase posing the never ending challenge for manufactures. Manufacturing cost reduction as a target can be achieved by 1.) reducing the number manufacturing system components and 2. standardizing the structure of these components.

The future of product development as seen by manufacturers::

•  In the future….more complex products because of options and added features

•  …..faster changing products due to shortened product life-cycles

•  …..quicker time to market as required by consumers

•  …..volatile demand due to rapid changing tastes, news, etc.