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Use of electronic scheduling tool dramatically reduces MRO turn time

Mississauga, ON -- Dec. 3, 2001 -- Goodrich Corporation, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and with facilities in Mis...


Mississauga, ON — Dec. 3, 2001 — Goodrich Corporation, headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and with facilities in Mississauga, Ont., has been benefiting from reduced cycle times in aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, the company revealed today.

Goodrich’s Aviation Technical Services team has adopted Open Plan, an electronic scheduling tool designed to help maintenance teams manage complex procedures such as D-checks. The tool allows the team members performing such procedures, usually involving thousands of work hours, hundreds of different jobs, spread across up to 20 different teams, all operating on 24-hour shifts, to track each phase of the process and aid the maintenance personnel in determining priorities and manpower requirements when assigning work.

Through Open Plan and the application of lean tools, cycle time can be reduced significantly with the same manpower and duration estimates that the team leaders used for each job in the former extended plan. All of the estimates within these plans are provided directly by the team members that perform the work on the aircraft.

According to Bob Butz, Goodrich’s director of Hangar 1 Maintenance, “The tool has already proven itself in so many ways that we’re using it as the foundation for our future.” He added, “It works so well because it was built for maintenance by maintenance. It’s amazing what we can accomplish now, with the same amount of people on a team, versus just last year at this time.”

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In other news, the company plans to spin off its engineered industrial products business to shareholders in early 2002.

With 2000 sales of $4.4 billion, Goodrich Corporation, which has facilities in Mississauga, Ont., is a worldwide supplier of aerospace components, systems and services. It employs 23,000 people worldwide. For more information visit www.goodrich.com.

By Bill Roebuck