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Frontiers November 2013 Issue

TEMPORARY continue to roll out at full production. factory wall. The moving line concept This training plan will allow employees that is applied today streamlined Next- to quickly ramp up production of the MAX Generation 737 production, reducing while leveraging the efficiencies gained build time from 28 days to 11. from the moving line concept, which in “Having the efficiencies gained from 2002 transformed the way Boeing builds the moving line already built-in will really 737s, Rigsby explained. help,” Rigsby said, “because the quicker “With the introduction of the Next- we get fast at the build, the more likely Generation 737 we basically mirrored we’ll be a success on the MAX.” what we did on the 737 Classic,” said Despite its advantages, the plan to Rigsby, who has been with the program add a temporary production line for the since the first Next-Generation 737 was MAX introduced a new challenge: how produced 17 years ago. to make room for it in the final assembly At that time, 737s were assembled buildings in Renton, where tooling, start-to-finish in one spot, all of them parts and active production fill most parked side by side at a slant facing the of the space. 18 BOEING FRONTIERS / NOVEMBER 2013 FINAL ASSEMBLY LINE PRODUCING THE FIRST 737 MAXs Something had to go, said Glynis Pacheco, a 737 industrial engineer who helps manage the construction projects in the factory. “When we first started, we didn’t have space” to work with, Pacheco said. “We looked at all the options. Then we used facts and data to choose.” Within the wings building, the team identified a storage area for fasteners and rivets that could be relocated, providing space to consolidate all of the 737 wing work into one building. That’s all they needed to start things moving. Then, in late August, 737 Wings Systems Installation was shifted into the AIRPLANES ROLL OUT THE DOORS BY LAKE WASHINGTON AND TAXI TO NEARBY RENTON FIELD FINAL ASSEMBLY LINE PRODUCING NEXT-GENERATION 737s


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