Teamwork and shared accountability for high-performance safety, quality and cost results
Watch for excellence in action: a participative lean initiative program and visual management, plus first-rate SQCDP (Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and People) and correction/escalation of abnormalities. Explore an aircraft wheel and brake production process, starting with delivery of forgings and continuing through shipment of finished assemblies. Get specifics on process steps ranging from machining to CMM, deburring, fluorescent penetrant inspection, shot peening, anodizing, painting, final assembly and testing/inspection.
Examine a high-performance aircraft wheel and brake production process, from delivery of forgings and other components through the shipment of finished assemblies to Boeing manufacturing, the U.S. military and spare parts customers. Learn first-hand about employee-driven improvement achievements through a lean initiative program and visual management. Hear about an effective system for identifying, correcting and escalating process abnormalities: SQDCDP (Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery and People). Don’t miss an exceptional 5S system, employee accountability, coaching/communication, continuous improvement, KPIs/metrics/balanced scorecard and pull/kanban flow. Get details about process steps including machining, coordinate measuring machines (CMM), deburring, fluorescent penetrant inspection, shot peening, anodizing, painting, final assembly, plus testing and inspection.
Messier-Bugatti USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty division of the Safran Corporation, is a leading manufacturer of aircraft wheel and braking systems. It began operations in Walton, KY in 1999 with the start-up of a carbon brake disk plant. The company later expanded to better serve its customers in the aircraft manufacturing industry as well as the airlines and the flying public, adding a wheels and brakes assembly plant at Walton. It employs nearly 250 people at the Walton site. www.safranmbd.com
David Bird, a master black belt, was one of the first employees at this site. With experience as a production team leader, continuous improvement leader, machining team leader and supply chain manager, he became the lean champion for the site.
Mike Michele is a vice president and former operations manager at the Walton, KY Wheels and Brakes Plant, Messier-Bugatti USA. He previously served as vice president of global supply chain for the Wheels and Brakes Division of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty in Velizy, France.
Philippe Garnier is a vice president and former quality manager at the Walton, KY Carbon Plant, Messier-Bugatti USA. He also served as quality director at a Velizy, France plant and as vice president at the Walton, KY Wheels and Brakes Plant.