Ogden Air Logistics public affairs (July 24, 2006): Ogden Air Logistics Center earns Shingo Gold.HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Ogden Air Logistics Center's 573rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron took a page out of the "Process Improvement Handbook" and earned a Gold Level Shingo Prize for Excellence in the process, July 17.
The award, the second highest of four ratings available for excellence in public sector manufacturing, was earned by the squadron and support units in accomplishing depot-level maintenance of F-16 Fighting Falcons.
"The process included production, engineering, quality, business operations Business operations are those activities involved in the running of a business for the purpose of producing value for the stakeholders. Compare business processes. The outcome of business operations is the harvesting of value from assets , flight testing and many other areas," said Dr. Chalon Keller, chief of Ogden ALC's Transformation Division. "Unlike last year, when just one product line of the squadron competed for the prize and earned a silver-level award, the entire F-16 maintenance enterprise competed and won gold."
Dr. Keller said all of the squadron's major and secondary programs were evaluated by the Shingo team this year.
"It represents a quantum leap quantum leap
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"In essence," Keller said, "the team was looking for Looking for
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The team not only evaluated what most would think of as the traditional aspects of manufacturing, but also scored everything from the strategic vision provided by the ALC (Assembly Language Coding) A generic term for IBM mainframe assembly languages.
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"This award recognizes every support agency and everyone throughout the F-16 value stream who contribute to producing a combat-ready F-16 for the warfighters throughout the Air Force," said Maj. Gen. Kevin Sullivan Kevin Sullivan is a name shared by several people:
Col. Art Cameron, commander of the 309th Maintenance Wing, pointed out several improvements directly impacting customers and ALC work.
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Because of increased efficiency, said Cameron, "we are operating with an hourly rate of about 20 percent below what was projected, while the number of safety flight defects reported by customers has also decreased--just two this year in nearly one million production hours.
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Yet, the 573rd, which falls under the 309th MXW, won't be resting on its past achievements.
"I want to lead the first public sector organization to become a Platinum recipient of the Shingo Prize," said Robert Hall
The Shingo Prize is recognized as the Nobel Prize Nobel Prize, award given for outstanding achievement in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, peace, or literature. The awards were established by the will of Alfred Nobel, who left a fund to provide annual prizes in the five areas listed above. for manufacturing excellence and is alongside the Deming Award and Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in prestige and significance.
Until last year it was only open to private sector entities; the fact that it's now open to public sector organizations is validation that government agencies like the ALCs have made vast improvements in recent years.
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