track of 2,000 gages:
All in a day's work for
With sales of $9 billion and employment of
40,000 people in 97 worldwide manufacturing and service sites, everything
is "writ large" at Honeywell Aerospace. Headquartered in Phoenix,
Arizona, Honeywell's Propulsion Systems Enterprise (PSE) has more
than 4,000 employees worldwide in facilities in Anniston, Alabama;
Greer, South Carolina; Waterford, Ireland; Olomouc, Czech Republic;
Suzhou and Nanjing, China and Yeovil, UK.
Honeywell's Waterford facility uses over two thousand gauges, each requiring regular calibration, with accurate records of those calibrations maintained. In addition, gage links must be made to alignment procedures, operating instructions, and B/P information.
The complexity of such a large system of measurement
systems analysis presents a tall order to those who must keep track
of it all. According to Derek Simpson, Associate Metrology Engineer
at the Ireland plant, GAGEpack
EZ from PQ Systems, Inc. is up to the task.
The company, registered with ISO 9001 and AS 9100,
is emphatic about its quality, and promises that "Every function
at Honeywell approaches improvement with the same logical method:
• Define the customer critical parameters
• Measure how the process performs
• Analyze the causes of problems
• Improve the process to reduce defects and variation
• Control the process to ensure continued, improved performance"
This commitment to improvement is supported by GAGEpack
use in the Engines Systems and Services facility, where it is used
to record calibration data and results. Gage maintenance records,
a key to quality, are provided by GAGEpack, which also
offers a way to link to other critical functions as well as to pictorial
representations that support easy identification. Barcode scanning
is used for booking in and out Outside Vendor gages or measurements.
Derek Simpson and his team appreciate the customizable
features of GAGEpack, as well as the barcode scanning feature.
"The reports system is fully customizable for different areas of
our plant," he says. The company is moving toward a paperless system,
and Derek is confident that GAGEpack will save take by
incorporating all of the results data. And if there's a question,
he will contact PQ Systems Europe for immediate assistance from
David Todd, European accounts manager.
GAGEpack screens give information about
each gage, with menus for gage events, due dates for calibration,
calibration steps, vendors, user-defined fields, and even images
of the gages.
Honeywell's PSE designs and manufactures turbofan, turboprop, and turboshaft propulsion engines for a variety of commercial and military applications. Turbofan engines in the 3,000 to 7,000 pound thrust range provide power for business aviation and regional airline aircraft. Helicopter applications such as the CH-47 Chinook and UH-1H Huey are powered by 650 to 4500 shaft horsepower provided by Honeywell turboshaft engines.
This engine is among products designed by PSE.
In addition, PSE products power the M1-A1 Abrams tank with a new armored vehicle engine in development. PSE is a partner in several joint ventures such as the International Turbine Engine Corporation, the Light Helicopter Turbine Engine Company, and with General Electric for the CFE738 engine. PSE has delivered over 65,000 Honeywell propulsion systems to the market.
In addition to state-of-the-art facilities, Honeywell
employees are equipped with Six Sigma training and tools that they
apply in developing, producing and supporting Honeywell products.
Although Six Sigma is well known as a measure of quality and excellence,
Honeywell is utilizing "Six Sigma Plus" methodology, tools and measures
to advance continuous improvement to a new level of excellence.
Photos such as this one identify all gage equipment
The bottom line for Honeywell's PSE is represented
in the customers served by its products. Its efforts to maintain
high quality in those products are ongoing and diverse. GAGEpack
ensures the quality of the measurement system and produces good
data-key components of PSE's improvement efforts.
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