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I think the 777X will be our first opportunity to show the ideas that we have to date, however, we also have the capability to affect the other programs that we have in place... In many cases we’re looking to standardize our approach.
I think we are beginning the journey, there are areas... such as drilling where we have a lot of repetitive motion.
Think of it as a robot. Because robots are automated they can go through many types of motion that are wasteful. But in order to utilize robots correctly we need to be thoughtful about the movements that their arms make, if we can apply the same thinking( to the factory)... then we can affect the process to a high degree.
The idea of achieving significant savings in a single action is a fallacy. We'll take the opportunities and when you add them all up together, I think they will amount to quite significant improvements.
If you look at aerospace with market demand rising, we need to start thinking differently and move efficiencies from the auto industry into this arena.
If we can apply the same thinking( to the factory)... then we can affect the process to a high degree.
If we can develop a system where we have direct deliveries to our lines and in an orientation which our operators will use to simply secure instead of handling parts, we have tremendous opportunities.
I would look at material flow, I would look at processes, I would look at the design of the airplane with people in mind - how the work would be performed. I would design the airplane with specific areas of automation in mind.
Ultimately I think we will see that day.
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