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Waste Reduction Essay

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The Goodrich Corporation paper talks about Goodrich Aerostructures which is a division of the Goodrich Corporation. Goodrich Aerostructures is known as a world leader independent full-service supplier of nacelles, pylons, thrust reversers and other types of aircraft components for large commercial, regional and military aircraft. On the other hand, the type of business-evaluated throughout the Boeing Everett article was the Aerospace/Aviation Industry. Boeing Everett programs were evaluated to implement and establish lean programs.
At each facility hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste, and packing waste were generated. Each facility deals mostly with hazardous chemicals for painting ...view middle of the document...

Pre- Production Planning (3P) is used in this company as well to reduce waste since process and product design phases play an important role to decrease waste generation because unnecessary materials are not going to be used or manufactured. In addition, it is important to reduce low cost of products while maintaining a good quality and also it is vital to protect the environment. On the other hand, Boeing Everett Lean projects are being under implementation. At Boeing, five of these projects are put into practice:
• 777 Floor Grid Component Delivery Improvements: Within this program, cost reduction opportunities through shipment methods were identified. For the 777 Floor Grind Component Delivery Improvements, CPR held a workshop called “Link the Flow”. In this workshop opportunities within re-designing the shipping process were studied by analyzing all the 777 operations in total. The program re-engineering and designed of the shipment procedure reduced multiple shipments into one single truck delivering the floor grid components directly to the point of use. Regarding to waste management, the program offers opportunities in waste reduction from trucks and forklift maintenance activities.
• 747 Line Side Supply and Simplified ordering system: This Lean project developed by The Boeing Wing Responsibility Center (WRC) has being held to improve “inventory and supply chain systems for fiberglass panels comprising wing trailing edge areas” (p. 2). Within the project, the fiberglass panels will be transported directly to the 747 Wing Major area point of installation by using a “kaban” cart system. Therefore, packing waste reduction is being achieved since these carts are designed to restrain straps and “are segregated into padded compartments so that individual fiberglass panels require no packing” (p. 2). Also, within the program reduction on waste generated from re-working on damaging fiberglass might be reduced subsequently.
• Chemical Point of Use Stations: This program has been developed by the Boeing’s Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs organization (SHEA). Point stations were created to store materials (chemical, parts, etc.) used in processes to eliminate the need of traveling to pick up these chemicals. The main aims of the program are reduction in mechanical travel and better control of the supply, use, and distribution and management of hazardous materials. Regarding to waste generation, the program goal is to reduce waste by controlling chemical inventory and waste directly from the point stations using just maximum/minimum quantities, using appropriate (size, proper labeling, holding just the necessary amount of material use per operations, etc.) containers, and quantifying each container at the different point stations.
• 767 & 747 Wing Seal Moving Lines: The WRC developed this program with the efforts of reducing moving seal lines operations (exterior sealing, in-tank sealing, pressure, testing and painting applications). To...

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