April Shortt

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Honors Thesis


A major problem in many manufacturing facilities revolves around the need to consolidate and streamline production processes. Triumph Aerostructures’ Vought Aircraft Division is experiencing systemic functional redundancies that adversely impacts the efficiency, productivity, and bottom line of the division. An investigation of system usage across all business streams was performed where we analyzed which systems are used for which operational functions, and why these particular systems are utilized. The problem was researched using the DMADV methodology, along with other Six Sigma process analysis tools. Results showed that these problems are due to a lack of lower-level employee training on the available software, as well as a widespread misunderstanding of the systems’ capabilities on the part of upper management throughout the division. Ultimately, it was found that a consolidated source of information containing these programs’ functional capabilities is necessary for consistent system use across business streams and sites.

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