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Moving Assy Line

Mon May 09, 2005 5:11 pm

Since Boeing has long shifted to a Moving Assy line for the B737s.
How is the Assy line for the Larger Jets & what about Airbus.
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RE: Moving Assy Line

Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:24 am

how do they move the planes as it wouldnt have the wheels on through all of the assembly and the tug would be under stress to move slowly as of cooling reasons
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RE: Moving Assy Line

Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:46 am

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 1):

Check this link out: http://www.b737.org.uk/production.htm


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RE: Moving Assy Line

Wed Jun 01, 2005 6:08 am

wow i always theought the line was down by cranes andcarried it along so the landing gear dont touch the ground but just dangle
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RE: Moving Assy Line

Wed Jun 01, 2005 8:24 am

I have been on the floor of the 737 assembly and can tell you that it is quite amazing to watch these birds on the assembly line. There are these pit stops that every plane makes (rather stations) where important work is carried out. Each section has its own boss and they ensure all the work is done before the aircraft moves out of their area. There are also these color coded light bulbs at each station which are lit if there is a fault. Different colours signify if it is something that needs prompt attention or something that will stop the assembly line. The engineers work on the mezzanine level and are very close to the production. The communication flow is handled through a series of monitors which will tell you if a particular task is completed before the aircraft moves on.


I must say it is extremely fascinating to watch! The most remarkable thing I thought was that I had expected these very high tech robots and machines to be doing precision work. While there are some, most of it looks like a decked up and a little more advanced car shop. A lot of work is still done manually (with the help of advanced machines of course), but the first impression is that this is not an excessively robotic assembly line

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RE: Moving Assy Line

Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:24 pm

Quoting WindowSeat (Reply 4):
I have been on the floor of the 737 assembly and can tell you that it is quite amazing to watch these birds on the assembly line.

The "Move to The Lake" is really one of the cooler things Boeing has done in recent history. In addition to improving the quality control of the 737NG, which plauged the line early on, it has brought cultural changes that are really unparalleled in the industry.

From what I've heard, it feels more like a cross of clean-room and office building than it does manufacturing plant. I envy your trip !!  Wink
 
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RE: Moving Assy Line

Wed Jun 01, 2005 2:20 pm

Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 5):
From what I've heard, it feels more like a cross of clean-room and office building than it does manufacturing plant. I envy your trip !!

Yes it did quite feel that way.

We were a lucky group of 20 people who got our own personal tour thanks to someone at Boeing! It was a great trip in which we also got to spend over an hour in the 7E7 interior mockup!

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RE: Moving Assy Line

Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:42 pm

Quoting WindowSeat (Reply 6):
We were a lucky group of 20 people who got our own personal tour thanks to someone at Boeing! It was a great trip in which we also got to spend over an hour in the 7E7 interior mockup!

Can An Individual get an Invite to such Tours by Boeing or Airbus.
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RE: Moving Assy Line

Thu Jun 02, 2005 1:13 am

Unfortunately not. We had an inside source who kindly arranged them for us. We are all indebted to him forever! Chance of a lifetime. Of course we had to go through background and security checks and all. They are very strict about it.

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RE: Moving Assy Line

Thu Jun 02, 2005 1:50 am

I don't know about the Renton site, but Boeing Everett (747, 767 and 777 production) has a visitor centre and anyone can turn up and book a tour for the same day. Well worth it if you're in the area.
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RE: Moving Assy Line

Thu Jun 02, 2005 5:43 am

Quoting Jetlagged (Reply 9):
I don't know about the Renton site, but Boeing Everett (747, 767 and 777 production) has a visitor centre and anyone can turn up and book a tour for the same day. Well worth it if you're in the area.

Yes the Everett facility had the tour, but you get nowhere close to the action. After practically being in the mechanics toolboxes on the floor at Renton, the Everett tour was not quite as fascinating. We also got to see the wings being made for the last 757. The rivetting machine for the wings is freaking loud!

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RE: Moving Assy Line

Thu Jun 02, 2005 6:48 am

Well it has to be arranged for public safety. I've also been on private tours of aircraft and engine factories and you certainly do get a much closer view of it all.

That's not to say the Everett tour is a waste of time. Just seeing huge airliners in various states of assembly, even if nothing actually appears to be going on, is awesome. The shear scale of the building is impressive in itself. Also you get a flightline tour as a bonus.

In many ways the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field is more interesting, especially from a historical point of view, and you can get closer to the flying there too, if that's your interest.
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RE: Moving Assy Line

Thu Jun 02, 2005 6:34 pm

Would a tour on official Aviation Visit make a difference.
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RE: Moving Assy Line

Fri Jun 03, 2005 2:24 pm

The 747 is also built on a moving ssy line. Their are lines on the floor to indicate at what point the jet should be during assembly. I guess this not as big of a deal because their only few built a year.
 
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RE: Moving Assy Line

Fri Jun 03, 2005 4:40 pm

With a gradual mvmt is Assembly of components on the Aircraft done Manually or through machines.
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