Scheduling and shop floor control in commercial airplane manufacturing
Author(s)Sahney, Vikram Neal
Leaders for Manufacturing Program.
Jérémie Gallien and Stan Gershwin.
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Boeing is the premier manufacturer of commercial jetliners and a leader in defense and space systems. Competition in commercial aircraft production is increasing and in order to retain their competitive position, Boeing must strive to improve their operations by reducing costs. Boeing factories today still schedule and monitor the shop floor much as they have for the past 100 years. This thesis compares and contrasts several different methods for shop floor control and scheduling including Boeing's barcharts, Toyota production system, critical chain, and dynamic scheduling. Each system is will be analyzed with respect to how it handles variability in labor output required and how that affects which products are typically made under each system. In additional to qualitative comparisons, discrete event simulations comparing the various strategies will be presented. Areas for future simulation study are also discussed. The recommended approach for commercial airplane assembly is critical chain. A suggested implementation plan is presented along with methods to ease acceptance.
Thesis (M.B.A.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; and, (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; in conjunction with the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at MIT, 2005.Includes bibliographical references (p. 73-75).
DepartmentSloan School of Management.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.; Leaders for Manufacturing Program.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sloan School of Management., Mechanical Engineering., Leaders for Manufacturing Program.