Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Tired Tale Of Trouble With Charleston's 787

It was mentioned earlier in this blog that a few trained lead engineers, workers, and technicians mix in with an untrained workforce would make problems. Contract worker are hired in to calm the production woes. Its next prgression is one gigantic cluster formation on the floor. That is where Boeing is today, finding out who clustered forced who during this last surge in production.  Is this another epic movie of "Saving Ryans Privates"? I don't think so. Now Boeing rolls out its heavy cannon for a starboard broadside at any one willing to watch. Admiral McNerney commands in a very weak font this day.

"This is what happens on all of our programs," he said. "Sometimes when we break to a rate, it surfaces an issue that needs some extra attention. And that's really the story here."

Wow, I am really underwhelmed as the wings keep flapping on the factory floor in the cadence of overworked seven-day work shifts, having little sleep. That sounds an issue surfaces, and the rate is broken. The left hand fell asleep on the right hand. Corporate Boeing refuses to give in to its "Dick Headed Momentum".

They are sending in 600 more of the Light Brigade in a futile war way over near Sochi near Crimea. Everybody keep moving, nothing hapining here, and stay back from the yellow tape. All I can tell is that nothing really is happening there until Boeing restores a compitant workforce with realistic goals, other than the dreams of the board of directors.  Boeing spent too much money in Charleston to think other wise. Boeing would be spot on with 8-9 frames compleeated a month. This magical 10 is a graph and chart dream that is breaking the hearts and minds of people who want to do well but have inadequate leadership and expertise to keep the wheels on the production cart. It takes tens years to build the magic on the floor. Charleston been at now for three years barely. Now Boeing up the rates and pinkies are getting jammed in the process. Barrels colide at the mid section. Workers are just plain beat with 10 a month game plan.

Why can't they do it like Everett, WA where they have built every big airplane since 1969. Well, that a no brainer when you put contractors and temporaries and a smattering of key people together to build the most advanced aircraft flying today. Your B team is trying really hard but they are lacking a solid leadership base experienced in putting the 787 together consistantly. Too many mishaps, misteps and regrets occur every week.. They Know how to do it! Because they are doing it. Ten aircraft rate breaks the rubber band holding Charleston together, and Boeing knows the whole production scheme is at risk unless they stop sending out memos from board meeting directing more airplane production without having the real status of the factory echoing from those who really know what they need to do, but will only tell that everything is fine just like McNerney stated earlier in this article, (fading font)

"This is what happens on all of our programs," he said. "Sometimes when we break to a rate, it surfaces an issue that needs some extra attention. And that's really the story here."