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Boeing is turning corner with 777

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Aerospace Notebook

Interesting glimpse into Boeing's “moving line” efforts. They were very successful in cutting cycle times on the 737 program, but not without some significant pain. This article claims the 777 moving line transition has been difficult so far. As someone who has never worked in A&D, it's amazing to me that the 777 has 3 MILLION parts and is being built on a moving line — managing the material flow must be as challenging as the actual production. Any comments?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is an anthology titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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