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January 2007 edition

Boeing enjoys a moving experience

Boeing has started using a moving assembly line for the first time to build the 777 jetliner.

Elizabeth Lund, 777 programme director of manufacturing says: "A moving line drives efficiency throughout the system because it makes problems visible and creates a sense of urgency to fix the root causes of those problems."

For now, the moving assembly line is used only during final assembly positions. Lund says: "It moves it at a steady pace of 1.6 inches per minute during production."

The change is part of Boeing's efforts to make 777 assembly leaner and more efficient. "A moving line is the most powerful tool available to identify and eliminate waste in a production system," says Lund.

"The new produc....

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