Six Sigma Companies News: Boeing’s Troubles

Posted by: meikah | 16 April 2009 | 9:00 pm

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Here’s another edition of Six Sigma Companies News. Boeing is another Six Sigma company that is trying to keep afloat during this crisis.

Last year, we heard about workers’ strike, and workers returning back to work after ending strike. The airline industry was happy that Boeing was able to resolve its issue with the workers. A company like Boeing when it halts operations affects the whole aviation business.

Now, latest news has it that Boeing stock dips after analyst dowgrade.

Shares of aerospace giant Boeing fell Monday, as analysts lowered ratings and earnings estimates for the company following its announcement last week that it would cut production of wide-body jets.

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More Boeing stories here.

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Bell Helicopter Applies Textron Six Sigma Processes and Tools

Posted by: meikah | 21 January 2009 | 9:19 pm

Bell Helicopter, a division of Textron, is an American helicopter and tiltrotor manufacturer. It applies Textron Six Sigma processes and tools to ensure prompt, if not ahead-of-schedule deliveries. The company business is something that delays in delivery cannot be tolerated.

This is not to say that on-time delivery is the only measurement, their products must also be of high quality. I’m sure you know why.

Last year, for example, the company delivered the ninth OH-58D aircraft to be modified under the current Kiowa Warrior Safety Enhancement Program contract ahead of schedule. The aircraft was needed for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

How does Bell Helicopter cope with the demands of its business?

As workers prepared to restart the line for Lot 11 in May 2008, they applied Textron Six Sigma processes and tools to accomplish a lean restart of the SEP line.

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Filed under: Airforce, Aviation, Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Textron

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Effects of Implementing Lean or Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 19 October 2008 | 10:00 pm

Any process that is one or two steps less is getting Lean. In the same manner, that a process that is making sure that it is not deviating from its standard norm is going Six Sigma.

In our every day life, we see Lean in action when we walk into fastfood chains or even restaurants that offer combi meals. These are meals that are already pre-selected or prepared ahead to go together. Examples would be Combo A, which include a cheese burger, fries, or coke; Meal A, which include 1/4 roasted chicken, rice or bread, 1 side dish, and a drink. So, instead of having the customer choose and decide the food he’s going to have, he would just choose from the combos and say, “Combo A, to go please.” Or “Meal A, please.”

An article on Aviation Week also show us how Lean or Six Sigma improves processes in certain functional areas.

United Services cut in half its turnaround time (TAT) on narrowbody aircraft landing gear overhaul. Collins Aviation Services slashed the TAT on some avionics repairs to four days ýýý from 22. At its Corpus Christi, Texas, repair depot, the U.S. Army reduced the overhaul time on the T700/CT7 engines that power much of its helicopter fleet from 261 days to 93 days. Continue reading…

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6th Aircraft Maintenance Group Resource Management Division Goes Lean and Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 19 October 2008 | 9:16 pm

TinkerTakeOff reports that recently a team from the 76th Aircraft Transformation Group provided some Lean and Six Sigma orientation and training and how the methodologies could be applied to the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group Resource Management Division.

The focus was on applying Lean, Six Sigma, and other process improvement tools to administrative, service and transactional processes.

The Lean, Six Sigma, and Process Improvement Tools training is aimed to do the following:

  • Identify key administrative wastes and the constraints limiting an organization’s performance
  • Analyze potential root-causes
  • Apply the proper continuous-improvement countermeasures
  • Elevate the administrative constraints in operating processes
  • Eliminate waste in administrative value streams
  • Provide the administrative employees an informative perspective of their duties and brought forth attention to areas of concern

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Innovation of the Week: Jim McNerney’s Thoughts on Innovation and Invention

Posted by: meikah | 7 August 2008 | 9:42 pm

sixsig innovation of the weekTo invent is to discover and to innovate is to renew.

Jim McNerney, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company, shares his thoughts as the inaugural speaker of the James R. Mellor Lecture Series.

McNerney speaks:

Dean Munson, thank you very much for a very generous introduction.

Long before the Wright brothers invented it, people dreamed of human, powered flight. We know that from the many myths and fables about flight.

In ancient Greek mythology, Daedalus built the famous Labyrinth in Crete — and was later imprisoned in his own invention. (We’ll come back to that in a minute.) Ever resourceful, Daedalus made wings out of feathers tied together with linen threads and fastened with wax. Rising on their wings, Daedalus and his son Icarus escaped the Labyrinth.

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Filed under: Aviation, Boeing, Innovation, Innovation Update

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Six Sigma Helps Cessna Make Good of Its Promise

Posted by: meikah | 14 July 2008 | 8:41 pm

Six Sigma at CessnaDespite the fuel crisis and other problems faced by airlines, it’s business as usual for Cessna Aircraft Company.

According to an article on Jobwerx, Cessna is set to deliver 150 Model 350 and 400 aircraft this year. The company is right on schedule because of Textron Six Sigma initiative.

By transitioning its Cessna 350 and 400 composite aircraft facilities to the Textron Production System, Cessna Aircraft has experienced improved workplace safety, rising productivity and higher customer satisfaction.

“By implementing Textron Six Sigma and using lean operating tools, our team in Bend is making great progress on streamlining production while maintaining the high quality and reliability of the aircraft,” Mark Withrow, general manager of the Bend facility. “We’ve seen a significant reduction in labor hours per aircraft, and Bend is on track to cut the number of factory related safety incidents in half this year. And, most importantly, I’m happy to report that along with a flawless on-time delivery record this year, our employees’ work has received the top score for quality on all post-delivery customer surveys,” he added.

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Textron’s Six Sigma Way

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Airworthy Aerospace Goes Lean Six Sigma – Good News for Thanksgiving Day

Posted by: meikah | 22 November 2007 | 9:38 pm

First up, Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my American friends! :)

I know at this time, everyone flies to where home is, and gets reacquainted with family and friends. You can just imagine the air and land traffic at this time; not to mention the gas emissions.

If we were to apply the Six Sigma rating for all these activities, we should expect that 99.9997% of the planes fly on time, 99.9997% of the trains move as scheduled, and 99.9997% of the population reach their destination in time for Thanksgiving reunions. Gianna Clark of iSixSigma blogs has some interesting Six Sigma Thanksgiving figures, too. Check it out here!

Airworthy and Lean Six SigmaFlying is probably the most convenient way to travel, and so everyone wishes for air travel to be smooth and hassle free. And if we were to take Airworthy’s word for it, air travellers might just have that.

Airworthy Aerospace is going Lean Six Sigma to improve efficiency, reduce cost and improve customer relations. The company is engaged in providing products and services for the aviation/aerospace industry. Airworthy Aerospace serves its customers through two operating segments: Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul and Aviation Supply Chain.

The company claims to understand the importance of keeping the aircraft in the air. It aims to provide world class support and solutions for the aviation industry, excelling in quality aircraft part sales and service, exceeding customer expectations.

With its Lean Six Sigma efforts, I don’t see why they can’t achieve their mission.

Click here for an update on Thanksgiving Day travel.

Filed under: Airworthy Aerospace, Aviation, Lean Six Sigma, Travel

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Innovation of the Week: Solar-powered Airplanes

Posted by: meikah | 9 November 2007 | 1:59 am

sixsig innovation of the weekHaving solar-powered planes flying over us is a big step toward cleaning up our Mother Earth. The sooner we get to fly these planes, the better.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Corporate Communications website reports:

The prototype of a solar energy-powered plane has been designed and should make its first piloted flight late next year, the Swiss project leaders say.

The reduced-size model, which has a 61m wingspan, is now being built in northern Switzerland to test the technology involved in the full-size Solar Impulse aircraft.

If the first flight is successful, the 1.5-tonne plane will make a 36-hour flight through the night in 2009, piloted by round-the-world ballooning pioneer Bertrand Piccard.

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Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Champions Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 6 November 2007 | 11:17 pm

In my last post, I shared some figures that may be needing Six Sigma. Well, I’m happy to know that an airport authority is actually into Six Sigma.

six sigma, MNAAMetropolitan Nashville Airport Authority adopts Six Sigma to improve operations and better serve customers that take the Nashville International Airport BNA. According to its website:

MNNA has incorporated the Six Sigma process improvement methodology as the cornerstone of its continuous improvement activities. Rapid Action and Breakthrough “Teams” of employees are created during “Waves” of improvement activity. A typical improvement wave for the MNAA will last 3-4 months and involve 30-40 employees. Each team will address a core process for the MNAA aimed at improving the overall value delivered to the stakeholder community.

The implementation of Six Sigma is focused on MNAA employees driving improvements with support from Six Sigma experts (black and green belts). This focus will help make continuous improvement an opportunity and reality for all employees of MNAA; building a culture of continuous improvement and business excellence. Examples of process improvements initiated to date include: maintenance work order flow, valet parking, tenant implementations, and contract compliance.

This information is already an added point to decrease further any airport or airline accidents.

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Alarming Figures that will Need Six Sigma

Posted by: meikah | 6 November 2007 | 10:13 pm

six sigma, aviationAn article on New York Times about a month ago boasted of a 65% decrease in fatal airplane crashes. It’s deemed as the golden age of safety, the safest period, in the safest mode, in the history of the world.
Should we be happy about this? Look at the following figures:

  1. In 1996, two (2) infamous crashes that together killed 375 people.
  2. The rate dropped by about 65% to 1 fatal accident in about 4.5M departures, from 1 in nearly 2M in 1997.
  3. Around the world, there have been 7 crashes this year that killed more than 20 people each.
  4. The Flight Safety Foundation recently calculated that if the 1996 accident rate had remained the same in 2006, there would have been 30 major accidents last year. Instead, there were 11.

There are however sustained efforts to address the problem.

  • improving equipment, like cockpit instruments that help planes steer clear of mountains when visibility is poor, and reliable jet engines
  • conducting “unstabilized approaches,” meaning pilots had to fiddle with flaps, throttle and other controls just before landing
  • developing better guidance for pilots to follow flight paths precisely and stay farther away from mountains in the area
  • better signs on taxiways to prevent planes from moving into the path of other aircraft

Policy initiatives:

  • acquire new planes
  • more “safety summits”
  • a national commission on aviation safety and security led by VP Al Gore in 1997

The trend to watch out for: air and runway traffic will double by 2025

Fatal Airplane Crashes Drop 65%

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