Bruce Weinberg, a speaker at the marcus evans Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit 2011, on creating an environment of continuous improvement.
Interview with: Bruce Weinberg, Vice President Operations, L-3 Communications Corporation
Hollywood, FL, USA December 9, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aerospace and defense manufacturers need to provide change at much higher speeds as the industry heads towards downsizing, says Bruce Weinberg, Vice President – Operations at L-3 Communications Corporation. They must look internally to create an environment of continuous improvement. A speaker at the marcus evans Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit 2011 in Hollywood, Florida, February 9-11, Weinberg shares his thoughts on creating efficiencies, production optimization and growth areas in the industry today.
What does the future hold for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry?
Bruce Weinberg: The biggest challenge for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry today is creating an environment of continuous improvement whilst experiencing downsizing. While our businesses shrink, we have to keep our eyes on improving, sustaining that improvement and improving the overall cost and quality of products. Our customer base is unique – soldiers depend on our products with their lives. We must focus not just on what we can do from a product perspective but also look at our internal processes; sustainability is going to be the key with the restructuring of budgets that will take place.
What strategies for creating efficiencies would you recommend?
Bruce Weinberg: We have many tools available to address industry challenges. Six Sigma Solutions are great tools for achieving the improvements that are needed.
When we talk about implementing Lean Six Sigma, many people think of Kaizen Events and Value Stream Mapping. However, processes for in-house audits and ownership also need further development. To maintain the higher levels of achievement realized through Six Sigma, everyone has to understand why in-house audits are necessary. Sustainment is the key challenge, yet it is also the key for improvement.
We should evaluate all processes and take advantage of all available technologies. Technology changes so quickly that manufacturing directors have to recognize the speed in which they are able to provide change. I like referring to the McDonald’s philosophy, where customers pull up to one window to place an order and go to the next window to pick it up. We need to deliver innovative products at the speed that McDonald’s has been able to. We can learn how to do this better.
Where are the areas for growth in this industry?
Bruce Weinberg: There are many new technologies available to improve both products and manufacturing processes. It is about knowing your customers and their needs, and pulling the right mix of technologies for the business base.
The defense world will be facing lower volumes of sales for several years, therefore niche products that address industry issues will be key now and in the future to come.
Author: Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division
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