March 2009
Volume 07, Issue 10
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Making breakthroughs

The introduction of product cells at Boeing Fabrication sites in Auburn and Frederickson, Wash., has led to big improvements in cycle time, quality, material usage, productivity and manufacturing cost. Here's what a product cell is—and why it represents a profound innovation in manufacturing.


Making breakthroughs Jim Coley/Boeing

I see the solution

What was it that was causing rework behind the interior sidewalls of 777 passenger airplanes? The answer to this question emerged after applying a textbook example of Lean+ in action: a team effort that involved people taking the initiative, preventing and eliminating waste, and securing the support of appropriate colleagues to provide a benefit to Boeing and its customers.


I see the solution GAIL HANUSA/BOEING