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Unformatted text preview: 1 GM588: COURSE PROJECT QUALITY INTEGRATION Quality Integration Keller School of Management GM 588: Managing Quality Professor: Mr. Robert Lee December 10, 2010 2 Quality Integration Overview: In early 2002, Rockwell Collins, a leader in the avionics industry acquired Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics, a subsidiary from the parent company Kaiser Aluminum, from the bankruptcy court for $300 million. Kaiser Aerospace and Electronics was composed of four different divisions; three of the divisions were quickly absorbed into the Rockwell Collins conglomerate. The fourth division, Electro-Mechanical Systems, was considered by Rockwell Collins to be the jewel of the acquisition. Electro-Mechanical Systems, producer of pilot control equipment and hydraulic actuators, is considered by many to be a top provider of these products for the business and military jet industry. With Electro-Mechanical Systems expertise, Rockwell Collins planned to move into the flight control business for large commercial aircraft. The marriage of these two companies allowed Rockwell Collins to monopolize the aircraft cabin business. Rockwell Collins will continue to provide flight instrumentation and avionics equipment and Electro-Mechanical Systems will furnish all the flight control equipment, a match made in heaven (Business Wire, 2002). Although ElectroMechanical Systems has many contracts, including those on regional and corporate jets and military aircraft, the Rockwell Collins name allowed Electro-Mechanical Systems to quickly secure two major contract awards for large commercial aircraft flight control. The first was for the auto-pilot control for the new Boeing B787 aircraft, and the other for the horizontal stabilizer controls for the new A350 Airbus aircraft (Ramsey, 2007). After many years of delays, both aircraft are scheduled to go into delivery in the early part of 2011, requiring Electro-Mechanical Systems to start the delivery of the equipment designed for these aircraft. To ensure on time delivery of this equipment, Rockwell Collins wants 3 GM588: COURSE PROJECT to fully integrate ElectroMechanical Systems into their business model including establishing a new quality system tailored for Electro-Mechanical System equipment. This project will investigate ways to integrate the Electro-Mechanical Systems quality system and procedures into the Rockwell Collins quality system which is based on Lean Principles to increase the acceptance rate of assemblies into the assembly line, improve on-time delivery to aircraft manufacturers and improve employee morale throughout the entire enterprise. The figure below shows the flight control system for the new Boeing 787 aircraft....
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