BAE Systems is a gold-medal recipient of the 2007 Northeast Shingo Prize for excellence in manufacturing.
The Shingo Prize is one of the premier recognition programs in North America for the practice of “lean manufacturing,” a discipline that eliminates waste from business processes.
BAE Systems’ Advanced Composite Manufacturing facility in Merrimack, N.H., received the highest score ever awarded to an applicant of the Northeast Shingo Prize. The company is the first in New Hampshire to receive gold recognition.
“This is a significant step in our roadmap for the migration of ‘lean’ across our business in the factory and above the shop floor,” said Don Donovan, president of BAE Systems’ Electronic Warfare business. “The entire team should be proud of its accomplishment to provide a world-class manufacturing process that offers the highest quality and lowest cost to our customers.”
BAE Systems’ advanced composite manufacturing facility in Merrimack has focused on lean initiatives since 1998. The 36,000-square-foot facility employs 65 people who manufacture and support high-quality, high-reliability composite antennas for military aircraft.
In 2005, BAE Systems’ aircraft electronics production facility in Fort Wayne, Ind., received the national Shingo Prize. The plant was cited for achievements that include a 45 percent improvement in labor productivity, tripling of production inventory turns, a 50 percent reduction in scrap and rework costs, and a 60 percent reduction in cycle time for new-product introductions.