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U.S. air force MRO operations to benefit from automotive lean practices

Troy, MI -- Harbour Consulting (formerly Harbour and Associates), a consultant in lean practices for manufacturing...


Troy, MI — Harbour Consulting (formerly Harbour and Associates), a consultant in lean practices for manufacturing industries, has been named part of a team of companies selected by the United States Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) to transform its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations into a lean enterprise and make Air Force Logistics Centers self-sufficient in lean practices.

Harbour Consulting is supporting multiple Air Force maintenance facilities in the United States. The project objective is to transfer expertise in lean thinking to reduce remanufacturing time for F-15 aircraft. Remanufacturing time includes the disassembly, test and reassembly of the entire aircraft and is a critical and regular occurrence in maintaining the fighter plane.

In conjunction with its partners, Harbour will work to implement lean thinking and practices using five two-man teams assigned to four Air Force bases across the U.S. Once the process has been proven out on the F-15, the Air Force will then be able to transfer the practices to other lines of aircraft.

Habour will be applying the lean principles it learned in automotive manufacturing to aircraft maintenance practices, says Ron Harbour, company president. In addition to Harbour, companies involved include the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center of Plymouth, Mich., and IBM Business Consulting Services of Fairfax, Va.

Harbour Consulting publishes The Harbour Report, an annual study of automotive manufacturing performance in North America and Europe. For details, visit www.harbourinc.com.