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RECARO Aircraft Seating is a global manufacturer of high-end business and economy class passenger aircraft seating with production facilities in Europe, Africa, and the US. Based on Mid-Continent’s reputation as an experienced aerospace manufacturer with strong program management, complex-assembly and machining capabilities, we were awarded the bid to manufacture 3,150 of their new kinematic seating systems. The key challenges we faced with this project were:
  • Produce an acceptable First Article on-time
  • Maintain an aggressive production schedule
  • Control cost on a new production run
  • Effectively manage an international supply chain

The Solution

To launch this product we worked closely with RECARO engineers full-time over a 3-week period. Critical steps taken included:
  • Appointed an internal Project Manager
  • Established action list and communicated with customer daily
  • Executed manufacturing planning and machine programming concurrently
  • Helped RECARO improve their documentation package
  • Dedicated lean cell for assembly
  • Negotiated long-term supplier contracts
  • Launched a capacity planning tool for the automated machining centers
  • Created supermarkets and Kanbans for inventory with on-site supplier stocking
The Result

This business class seat assembly, comprised of 40 plus precision machined components and capable of multi axis movement represented a great achievement in design engineering. The seat allows passengers to lie down in a full flat position. Due to this complexity, the assembly sequence was critical to allow full functional movements of the product. Some of the most important successes were:
  • Delivered product at the customer’s target price
  • Achieved 99.9% on time delivery — 1 late seat out of 3,150
  • Quality System described by RECARO as “outstanding”, 99.9%
  • Engaged in the highest level of collaboration, became a virtual extension of Recaro’s company