Original Date: 05/08/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Large Order Assembly Planning System
McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA)-St. Louis has developed a computerized planning process, the Large Order Assembly Planning System (LOAPS), to enhance the assembly of large order items. It uses a relational database on an IBM mainframe computer to provide step-by-step assembly instructions to shop personnel. Major assembly work plans are developed by Manufacturing Engineering using input from various planning sources. The LOAPS serves as a liaison for the Assembly Shop, Production Control, Tooling, Design Engineering, Production Methods Engineering, Quality Assurance, and Scheduling departments.
System features include on-line editing to provide current production changes, component/tool lists, security protection, highlighted text for latest revisions, quality assurance requirements, and the capability of on-line review by all involved parties. This information is available to shop personnel in book form consisting of drawings, assembly instructions, and visual aids as digitized photographs.
The LOAPS has become a vital part of the major assembly planning process storing more than 98% of the assembly instructions. When the project is completed, the information is archived to provide historical data and a record of any problems encountered in the assembly process.
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