Original Date: 08/20/2001
Revision Date: 12/14/2006
Information : Productivity Improvement Projects
Beginning in 1998, Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems developed and implemented Productivity Improvement Projects. The process for these projects consists of a simplified structure maintained in a comprehensive database with supporting documentation directly linked to each project.
In the early 1990s, Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems (NE&SS-SS) defined a need to continuously improve its existing processes. Various projects were initiated and implemented, rather sporadically, on a case-by-case basis. Others were undertaken as a reactive approach to resolve production/quality issues. Increasing competitive demands and tightening shop budgets drove the need for a more structured approach. Beginning in 1998, the company developed goals for a refined and revitalized approach with a focus on proactive-driven improvements and cost reductions.
The Productivity Improvement Projects include renewed planning, improved reporting structure, and better capture of improvements versus baseline. The approach utilizes the company’s strong experience base, with the Technical Support Team and Operations Management initiating and facilitating brainstorming sessions in selected Micro Businesses. The initial step involved prioritizing the Micro Businesses and systematically working through the list, beginning with the highest priority. Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS formed multi-functional teams to focus on non- value added operations, rework, and scrap. The company also developed a simplified process flow to facilitate the new approach (Figure 2-3), and a comprehensive database to support the entire operation from initiation through implementation and benefits tracking. The Productivity Improvement Projects take advantage of the tools and concepts offered by Lean and Six Sigma systems.
Since 1998, more than 100 project ideas have been captured with 40 implemented to date. Some of Lockheed Martin NE&SS-SS’ most significant projects include Concurrent Power Divider Testing during Anfast Testing; Tin/Lead Plating Elimination on Phase Shifter Connectors; Elimination of Epoxy Staking on Power Divider Subminiature Assembly Connectors; Reduction in Anfast Scanning Cycle Time; and Development of Push-on Combiner Test Connectors.
Figure 2-3. Process Flow
For more information see the
Point of Contact for this survey.