November 2007
Volume 06, Issue 07
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Get our heads into it

Internal Services Productivity, one of four companywide growth and productivity initiatives, aims to bring Lean tools and concepts into the office environment. That means increasing productivity and output and reducing support/service costs that are centrally managed or embedded in the businesses. Here's a look at ISP, as seen by initiative leader Rick Gross—along with tales of teams across Boeing that are supporting the initiative.

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Get our heads into itMichael Slaughter photo 
Low land, high ideals BOB FERGUSON PHOTo

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Shine a light

Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary, is working on miniature solar chips designed for concentrator systems on Earth. These systems convert a greater amount of sunlight into energy—and could help reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

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Commercial Airplanes

What a great idea!

At the Payloads Studio, you’ll find a place where technology is harnessed to create innovative new products and services aimed at improving the flying experience. This month's BCA coverage also includes a look at how the Propulsion Systems team is successfully encouraging and partnering with suppliers to tackle Lean+ improvements in support of the Boeing Production System—and the story of how teams in Frederickson, Wash., that build the vertical tail for the 777 have taken to heart the lesson of “cleaning as you go.”

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Integrated Defense Systems RICH RAU PHOTO

Integrated Defense Systems

Right on the line

A Boeing team rose to the challenge of building the EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft on the existing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet assembly line in St. Louis. Also in IDS coverage: A look at the work being done to upgrade the Longbow Crew Trainer, why two Turkish Air Force lieutenants are working on the International Space Station program, and more.

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Houston, we have a need

If you know Boeing well, you probably associate work done by Houston employees with space-related programs. Yet here's why Houston-based engineers in the Space Exploration business unit lately have been helping Boeing and its suppliers on several Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Integrated Defense Systems programs.

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Houston, we have a needindyne photo by kevin gill