This special meeting will convene at the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Museum in Canoga Park, full of historical rocket engines and components. The museum will be closing by the end of March, so this will be the last opportunity for a long while to see this unique material.
In 2012 GenCorp Inc. entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne from United Technologies Corporation, with the transaction expected to close first half 2013.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Museum
In the late 1960's, Frank Pipp, an assembly plant manager for an American automobile company, instructed his team to purchase competitor's cars. His plan was to have the final assembly team disassemble these cars and learn first-hand how they assembled. At that time, if two connecting parts could be assembled in Pipp's plant without the use of a handy rubber mallet, then these parts were known as "snap fit". In Pipp's experience, snap-fit was a rare occurrence. To his amazement, one competitor's car was discovered to be 100% "snap fit", for which his division GM replied, "The customer will never notice."
Slowly, but surely, customers have noticed the assembly and performance results that Pipp's team found in 1969, when they first examined a Toyota pickup truck.
Fast forward to 2013, when the assembly and performance advantages of 100% snap-fit hardware have been demonstrated and replicated within Rocketdyne for over 15 years. They do so with an emphasis on "better thinking about thinking," which shifts attention from a traditional focus on parts to the gap between the parts and, thereby, how parts integrate.
Bill Bellows will provide a revealing explanation of how Rocketdyne has achieved this success, using ideas that stretch far beyond the traditional Lean and Six Sigma Quality approaches.
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The Aerospace & Defense Forum
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