R&D Transition to High Volume Production Excellence


Difranza, Michele J.   (1986, ASQC)   AVCO Systems Textron, Wilmington, MA

40th Annual Quality Congress, May 1986, Anaheim, CA    Vol. 40    No. 0
QICID: 3159    May 1986    pp. 62-65
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Article Abstract

Manufacturing enhancement has been a focal point of Avco Systems Textron for the past several years. The Division has divided the manufacturing readiness task into three distinct components:1. The first low-rate production process associated with early development programs. This has a high degree of in-process design changes, is relatively labor intensive, and uses simple management control systems designed to enhance flexibility.2. The second component of the manufacturing environment is focused on the batch or moderate manufacturing volume products. Toward this end, Avco implemented a major capital investment of over $30M in plant and equipment at the Wilmington site.3. The third component of manufacturing is high volume production. The in-depth enhancement of this type of manufacturing within Systems Division was begun about a year ago. Building on considerable experience in automated production of fuzes, the Division has begun to design Tactical Weapons production process flows incorporating state-of-the-art robotic production and assembly techniques.Essential is the effective integration of inspection and test functions into the design of the manufacturing work cells and robotic systems upon which Avco's High Volume Manufacturing facility will rely to produce the Tactical Weapon Systems required for our Country's defense. The success of Avco Systems Textron's transition from an excellent R&D facility to a high volume weapon systems facility depends on solving the Quality Equation for Excellence in a high volume automated environment.


Aerospace industry,Department of Defense (DOD)

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