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A vs B production

Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:34 pm

I was watching a video on youtube on how Airbus builds the A350 and noticed they move the plane to different hangers throughout the build process. Boeing on the other hand, just moves the planes down the line within the same building. it makes wonder, could airbus cut the assembly process if they built everything under one roof?
 
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Re: A vs B production

Sat Jun 20, 2020 6:54 pm

It will be interesting to see if they do just that with the A380 FAL.
 
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Re: A vs B production

Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:51 pm

Operated at its peak efficiency a moving line where the workers, tools, and jigs come to the plane can reduce the production cost the most, as a stepped line has dead time until all activities at a station are complete, then a couple hour movement occurs. The extra investment to do a moving line is only justified if there is enough volume or it satisfies a production constraint. For example the 767 is a moving line, but it only made sense as it reduced the factory footprint needed for production.

Not all manufacturing works best with a moving line, the 787 is set up with more of a 'jump' line. Airbus could probably improve their manufacturing efficiency with moving lines, but it may not have a sufficient payback to justify.
 
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Re: A vs B production

Sun Jun 21, 2020 9:41 am

xxcr wrote:
I was watching a video on youtube on how Airbus builds the A350 and noticed they move the plane to different hangers throughout the build process. Boeing on the other hand, just moves the planes down the line within the same building. it makes wonder, could airbus cut the assembly process if they built everything under one roof?


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Re: A vs B production

Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:13 pm

Starlionblue,

hangar vs. hanger

Thank you !

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