Robins AFB Wins Shingo Gold Prize

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C-5 Refuels from KC-135Note KC-135 = 707 airliner!(click to view full) The Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (ALC) is the first public sector entity to be awarded the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing (Gold Level). The C-5 Programmed Depot Maintenance workforce is receiving 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. The prize is administered by The College of Business at Utah State University, in cooperation with several nonprofit and corporate organizations. Greg Beecher, 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group Lean change manager, said the C-5 Galaxy team was chosen by the Center commander’s executive council because of the maturity of its Lean program and because it shows the breadth of Lean at Robins. Some of the key accomplishments listed in the 100-page achievement report submitted to the Shingo Prize Committee earlier this year included 100% on-time delivery in fiscal 2004 (up from only 25% in FY 2001) and an average flow day reduction from 339 in FY 2001 to 234 in FY 2004. The Warner Robins ALC is one of the Air Force’s three air logistics centers, […]

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