The F/A-18 F404 Engine: Getting Lean (A)

  • Reference: DARDEN-C-2268-E

  • Number of pages: 12

  • Publication Date: Sep 19, 2007

  • Fecha de edición: Jan 21, 2011

  • Source: Darden University of Virginia (USA)

  • Type of Document: Case

  • Industry Setting: Aerospace/Defense

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The U.S. Navy Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Depot (AIMD) Lemoore Power Plants Division (F404 engine maintenance) was a real mess. Not-Ready-For-Issue parts were everywhere. Division thru-put was poor, there were 30 F/A-18 aircraft with bare firewalls (no engines), the maintenance crews were working 12-hour days, manning was at 61% of authorized levels, reenlistment rates were an abysmal 50%, and crew morale was lousy. The Officer-in-Charge of the Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment decided to use Lean manufacturing to tackle the challenge. It would be the first application of the Lean concept to Naval Aviation.

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