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2006: Robins AFB Ups the Ante with 3 Shingo Prizes

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Yes, that’s a whole boat(click to view full) Last September, DID’s “Robins AFB Wins Shingo Gold Prize” covered the C-5 Programmed Depot Maintenance workforce’s receipt of an award that BusinessWeek magazine referred to as the “Nobel prize of manufacturing,” awarded annually to companies that demonstrate world-class business results through the implementation of Lean Manufacturing principles and practices. Robins AFB were the first public sector winner of the Shingo (Gold level) prize. This year, 3 groups from the 402nd Maintenance Wing of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center accepted awards at the Shingo Public Sector Conference on September 7th… All in a day’s work The C-5 Programmed Depot Maintenance received the Gold award again, and the F-15 PDM (Programmed Depot Maintenance) and F-15 Avionics both received the Shingo (Bronze level) award. As an example of achievements involved in receiving this award, maintenance and overhaul of the super-giant C-5 Galaxy aircraft that used to take 400 days now takes just 140 days or less, without any loss in quality. The C-5’s readiness rates have been a significant problem for many years, leading to a major upgrade program as well as maintenance process improvements. The efforts are synergistic, however, and share the same […]

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