K2XX truck launch: General Motors & Leoni team up for success

K2XX is the name of the General Motors vehicle architecture designed to underpin their new 2014 pickup trucks and full-size SUVs. The upcoming truck launch is one of the biggest in General Motors history, and Leoni training as well as Leoni robot dress packages are there to help.

The new truck platform is engineered for strength, durability, and reliability, and will be utilized in the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado & Sierra pickups. Future vehicles look to include Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, Silverado Heavy Duty (HD) and GMC Sierra Heavy Duty (HD) trucks.

All three US Plants involved in this critical product launch have Leoni training as their chosen provider of technical training. Topics covered include robotics, controls, drives and system/cell troubleshooting and maintenance. The training encompassed over 1,200 weeks of delivery with over 300 students completing the curriculum. Additional courses are still being developed to meet on-going needs.

The comprehensive training curriculum Leoni has developed is customized to GM K2XX programmes and applications and uses plant floor programme files and GM architecture & standards for hands on labs. Classes were custom tailored for each site. GM Flint Truck, GM Ft. Wayne & GM Arlington all had specific needs and each site worked closely with our training team to make the classes a success. Student’s completed pre and post evaluations and provided excellent input on how to continuously improve the training.

“Leoni provided our plant with the right training on the right topics, when we needed it. Their great instructors, custom programs and state of the art Robotics and PLC training equipment really made excellent classes” said David Groulx, UAW Training, GM Flint Truck Assembly.

The applied troubleshooting (AT) curriculum covers operation, troubleshooting and recovery procedures required to maintain General Motors plant floor cells and stations. Training can be targeted for operators, skilled trades, and/or engineers. Depending on the target audience, participants can learn basic equipment operation and fault recovery all the way to gaining an in-depth understanding of the “handshake” between the PLC and the robot controller and other devices, along with how to trace faults across multiple cells and more.