Lean Video - Yes, you can build airplanes on an assembly line.
Well, I was wrong. I found this video showing Boeing 737s being assembled on a moving assembly line.
Some key things that caught my eye:
- The line moves at 2" per minute. Quite slow, but it moves continuously.
- Times of the day are marked on the floor, so you can easily see if you are ahead or behind.
- Parts are kitted in racks and replenished between shifts.
- They even built a moving chair with flow rack material for one of the feeder lines. At 3:25 you can see the operator working in a seated position on some airplane seats.
Apparently, the 787 Dreamliner is built using even more Lean methods, but I haven't found any videos for that yet.
An excellent video showing Lean implemented at Boeing. I've added it to my growing list of Lean videos.