When you’re a company like Boeing, your costs can skyrocket producing your airplanes and jetliners. Competition with Airbus is getting more intense and the right production systems needs to be in place to gain an advantage. This is why Boeing is making strategic moves to implement a cost-saving approach to building planes, first beginning with Walter Odisho, who it hired in December 2013.
Reuters reported how the 52 year-old Odisho came from working with Toyota at its’ $6 billion plant in Kentucky and is an expect when it comes to auto manufacturing. He is the company’s vice president of manufacturing and safety. Boeing would like to convert to more of a standardized method of manufacturing, as auto makers do. The first product in which Boeing is implementing a different building approach is with it’s new jetliner 777X. The article mentions how the new jet is projected to pave the way for a new manufacturing process to flow deeper within its’ plants.
“I think the 777X will be our first opportunity to show the ideas that we have to date,” said Walter Odisho. This new plane is the world’s largest twin-engined jet that is due to enter service in 2020. Construction of the 777X has shown that this type of building can work with Boeing’s other products also, even within the assembly lines. There are so many innovations that businesses are creating, as they begin to think outside-the-box to get ahead. For Boeing, the article mentions how improving the sequencing of parts reduces inventory and eases cash flow, which has been a recent focus for its’ investors.
It also means less space is needed to store parts, which results in less overhead costs. A wide range of businesses know that a huge chunk of their costs is overhead, and the less inventory you carry, the more efficient your operation is. This is why same-day delivery has become such a staple for companies because it keeps costs down and limits inventory.
“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,” Odisho said. With the changes Boeing is implementing, there will be an affect of inventory and parts delivered into its’ manufacturing facilities. Here is where a same-day courier like 1-800 Courier can be an asset for Boeing. The Dallas Courier can perform part distribution deliveries across the US and make sure on-demand parts are available for replenish the same day. With time-sensitive parts, especially for operation machine breakdowns, 1-800 Courier can be Boeing’s one-source for all of their same-day delivery needs.
Reference: 4.28.15, www.reuters.com, Tim Helpher and Alwyn Scott, Boeing looks to car industry expert for jet production savings