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June 2008 edition

Moving assembly line suitable for military aircraft too, says Boeing

A moving assembly line originally used for final assembly of commercial aircraft is now being used to assemble Boeing's military derivative of the 737-800, the P-8A Poseidon, at its plant in Renton, Washington.

The P-8s, which are to be delivered to the US Navy, will be positioned in a straight-line configuration on the factory floor and stay at a production station for a period of time before advancing to the next station. Standard processes, visual control systems and point-of-use staging are in place, allowing work to flow continuously and quickly.

Mo Yahyavi, Boeing's vp and P-8 program manager for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said the move would 'drive out waste and make it easier for workers to solve emergent issues.'

To make the assembly line move along, Boeing uses a tug that at....

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