Boeing’s Pulse Assembly Leans Satellite Production – Preview
[Satellite Today 08-14-08] By bringing the pulse assembly line to Boeing’s satellite manufacturing facilities, the company intends to reduce production cycle time by 50 percent by the end of the year.
Boeing unveiled plans Aug. 11 to change the satellite assembly operations at its facility in El Segundo, Calif. The new process will move parts through 13 pulse positions, cutting down manufacturing processes and eliminating rework. Boeing also hopes to cut its production costs by cutting down the number of assembly line personnel, said John Duddy, director of GPS programs for Boeing and the pulse line project’s manager.
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