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Implementing Lean in aerospace-challenging the assumptions and understanding the challenges

Implementing Lean in aerospace-challenging the assumptions and understanding the challenges
Implementing Lean in aerospace-challenging the assumptions and understanding the challenges
Lean manufacturing appears to hold considerable promise for addressing a range of simultaneous, competitive demands including high levels of process and product quality, low cost and reductions in lead times. These requirements have been recognised within the aerospace sector and efforts are now well established to implement Lean practices. Lean manufacturing was initiated within the automotive sector. However, since the publication of the influential book, The Machine That Changed the World (Womack et al., 1990) there has been a range of documented cases of Lean implementation in a variety of sectors.
Despite this evidence, the perception remains that Lean manufacturing is to some degree, an ‘automotive idea’ and difficult to transfer to other sectors especially when there are major differences between them. In this paper we discuss the key drivers for Lean in aerospace and examine the assumption that cross-sector transfer may be difficult. A Lean implementation case comparison examines how difficulties that arise may have more to do with individual plant context and management than with sector specific factors.
lean, aerospace, manufacturing strategy
0166-4972
917-928
Crute, V.
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Ward, Y.
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Brown, S.
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Graves, A.
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Crute, V.
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Ward, Y.
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Brown, S.
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Graves, A.
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Crute, V., Ward, Y., Brown, S. and Graves, A. (2003) Implementing Lean in aerospace-challenging the assumptions and understanding the challenges. Technovation, 23 (12), 917-928. (doi:10.1016/S0166-4972(03)00081-6).

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Lean manufacturing appears to hold considerable promise for addressing a range of simultaneous, competitive demands including high levels of process and product quality, low cost and reductions in lead times. These requirements have been recognised within the aerospace sector and efforts are now well established to implement Lean practices. Lean manufacturing was initiated within the automotive sector. However, since the publication of the influential book, The Machine That Changed the World (Womack et al., 1990) there has been a range of documented cases of Lean implementation in a variety of sectors.
Despite this evidence, the perception remains that Lean manufacturing is to some degree, an ‘automotive idea’ and difficult to transfer to other sectors especially when there are major differences between them. In this paper we discuss the key drivers for Lean in aerospace and examine the assumption that cross-sector transfer may be difficult. A Lean implementation case comparison examines how difficulties that arise may have more to do with individual plant context and management than with sector specific factors.

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Published date: 2003
Keywords: lean, aerospace, manufacturing strategy

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Local EPrints ID: 37189
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/37189
ISSN: 0166-4972
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Date deposited: 24 May 2006
Last modified: 23 Oct 2018 16:30

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