Sunday, January 31, 2016
Book Review: Military Airframe Acquisition Costs: The Effects of Lean Manufacturing
Military Airframe Acquisition Costs: The Effects of Lean Manufacturing
Santa Monica, CA: Rand Corporation, 2001
Category: Aerospace Engineering
This addition to the Rand library on aircraft cost estimation, evaluates the effects of productivity improvements on the cost of developing and procuring aircraft. This is one of the few resources to present data on the impact of such things as 3D CAD/CAM software, cellular production, and single-piece manufacturing flow on the man-hours necessary to develop and procure aircraft.
These practices have, of course, become commonplace in aerospace today. The impact of these developments is nonetheless important to understand when comparing development programs across different decades.