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Lean Manufacturing

In an effort to better serve our customer’s needs, Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc. has turned to "lean" manufacturing, otherwise known as the Toyota Production System. Through employee empowerment and teamwork, we have made significant strides towards improving flow of products and services by eliminating waste in all aspects of the business, ultimately improving our ability to produce higher quality products at a faster pace and lower cost.

 

5S Visual Workplace is a program that helps to improve the flow of product and information, through the application of visual tools and standard practices. Our motto is…  “A place for everything, and everything in its place.”

 

Kaizen Events – cross-functional team works together to identify and eliminate waste  and improve flow of process. There are many tools offered by Lean Manufacturing to achieve this, such as Value-Stream and Process Mapping, SMED – Change-over Reduction, and Cellular Design.

 

 

Teamwork
Teamwork

Visual & Orderly Workplace
Visual and Orderly

Change-Over Reduction of 57%
Change-Over Reduction of 57%

 

Clean & Clutter Free

Clean and Clutter-Free

Improved Flow
Improved Flow

Cellular Design

Cellular design

SEA LEAN ENTERPRISE SYSTEM

In 2009, Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc recruited the Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA), an organization comprised of aerospace, defense, and space primes/OEMs, as well as major subcontractors and suppliers, to assist in establishing Beaver as a Lean Enterprise.

SEA conducted a series of workshops at Beaver focused not just on developing sound strategic goals, but also the means of achieving in a reasonable timeframe thorough effective utilization of Lean tools; value stream and process mapping, customer and supplier validation, PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act), etc.

Process Mapping
Process Mapping

Creation of Standard Work
Creation of Standard Work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc., is a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Livonia, Michigan

 

 

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