In Chaos There Is Opportunity For Boeing During MAX Grounding
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February 17, 2020 - by Scott Hamilton for leehamnews.com
Boeing executives said that while the 737 MAX production is suspended, efficiencies are being implemented on the assembly lines.
At a Cowen & Co. conference last week, EVP and CFO Greg Smith outlined some of the efficiencies that are being put in place.
But another area that could be improved, not addressed by Smith, while the lines are shut down is supply chain tracking. This has huge ramifications for cost savings and streamlining. It's part of the business plan for the next new airplane, whatever this is.
This process is called ERP, or Enterprise Resource Planning. Boeing is transitioning to a more advanced method, called SAP, or Systems Applications Projects.
Boeing Australia and Boeing Global Services have made the transition. But Boeing Commercial Airplanes' transition is stalled due to middle management inertia, said several people who attended the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance annual conference Feb. 4-6.
Boeing should use the production halt and slow ramp up to implement SAP, they said...
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