Modeling of Fastener Kitting Logistics for Boeing Wide Body Airplanes 2009-01-3252
At Boeing’s commercial aircraft production in Everett Washington, the organization that supplies parts to the factory floor (known internally as Company 625) is revising their methods. A new process will deliver parts in kits that correspond to the installation plans used by the mechanics. Several alternative methods are under review. The authors used simulation methods to evaluate and compare these alternatives. This study focuses on the category of parts known as standard fasteners (‘standards’). Through direct observation, interviews with experts, as well as time and motion study, the process flow of the kitting operation was mapped A simulation model was created using the simulation software ARENA to examine two scenarios: the current kitting operation in the factory cribs and the proposed centralization of kitting operation in the Company 625. Additional features within the model such as information about the resources, the total amount of parts, or the waiting time, may be useful in leaning out the process.