Original Date: 02/19/2007
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Information : Workplace Utilization
Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems Manufacturing Center in Largo, Florida, has focused workspace utilization and capacity at a site-management level, which has resulted in reduced operating costs and an improved competitive posture through increased performance and capacity.
Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems (NCS) Manufacturing Center in Largo, Florida, has changed the way it manages workspace. The previous method addressed the capacity and utilization needs of individual programs and was managed at the program level. The new process coordinates and focuses on the capacity and utilization needs of the Raytheon Largo Manufacturing Center across programs and is managed as a sitewide effort.
To execute the workspace plans as a sitewide effort, Raytheon Largo uses the principles of the Raytheon Six Sigma™ (R6σ) philosophy. The objective of the workspace plan is to reduce the facility’s floor space by 70,000 square feet prior to the end of 2007. The business case for the workspace reduction is to position the Largo Manufacturing Center for growth and improved competitiveness.
The initial state of the workspace leased by Raytheon Largo was 374,798 square feet. By applying the R6S principles, action was taken to identify program opportunities, align the program opportunities across the programs, and identify opportunities to lease space back to the facility owner.
This action has resulted in reducing the square footage employed in production by 38,354 feet. Equipment utilization has also increased with the disposition of excess equipment, reducing overhead costs and positioning the facility to accept new work. Operating costs have also been reduced due to workspace being returned to the facility owner. Two projects are currently in process and an additional project authorized, with 19,997 square feet of workspace identified as future opportunities. The next steps include streamlining administrative office areas, area cleanups, and disposition of excess equipment.
By focusing workspace management at the site level, Raytheon Largo has increased performance, reduced operating cost, and enabled the acceptance of new workload – increasing the facility’s competitive posture.
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