The Rocketdyne Museum, part of the Leadership & Learning Center, contains some of the actual engines and components used to develop advanced concepts and become part of well-known launch vehicles, the Space Shuttle, and the ISS. As part of the sale to GenCorp Inc., the existing Canoga Park facility will be moved. However, there are no plans for a similiar exhibit space at the new facility, so this may be the last time to see these unique devices for a long time.
Presentation: History of Rocketdyne
There will be a brief historical account of Rocketdyne, from its start in 1955 (on the same day that Disneyland opened) to today, with a short video to highlight its diverse products.
Presentation: "If Assembly is Required, Mind the Gap, Not the Part"
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.