Lean thinking and speed of Boeing 737 Final Assembly

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Lean thinking and speed of Boeing 737 Final Assembly

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How long does it take to do the final assembly of a Boeing 737 and does Lean thinking matter? Final assembly includes wings, tail, wheels, engines, interiors, wiring, cockpit controls, and flight systems.

The Boeing 737 is assembled in one plant in Renton, Washington near Seattle. Since implementing Lean thinking and continuous improvement, monthly output of 737s from Boeing’s Renton plant has tripled:
1999  11
2005  21
2014  42
2017  47
2018  52

As of April 2015, the two 737 production lines produce 42 planes per month or 2 planes per day. It takes 9 days from the time an empty shell arrives at the factory until a completed plane roles out the door ready to fly to the paint shop.

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Watch a timelapse of a Boeing 737 being assembled.


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Robin Dymond

Robin Dymond is the Managing Partner at Innovel. He trains, coaches, advises and helps people who want to make a difference in their organizations with Lean and Agile. An Engineer since 1990, an entrepreneur and Agilist since 2002, he has helped people adopt Agile in small and large organizations in Europe, the US and Canada. Innovel is currently is working with clients applying Agile across a range of business domains including software products in California, financial services in Toronto and equipment manufacturing in multiple US and EU locations. We are specialists who can help you bring Agile to your organization, accelerate your Agile transition and be a guide, reducing the risks to come with trying something new through Agile Coaching, Digital Transformation, Certified Scrum Training®.