SyncKanban Software Implemented at Orbital ATK Reaches Lean Goals

SyncKanban eKanban software by Synchrono was recently implemented at Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The implementation was in support of a new Lean project at the company’s Clearfield, Utah location with the primary goal of reducing the amount of on hand inventory in the factory. In working toward accomplishing this goal, the $4.4B aerospace and defense manufacturer decided to pilot Synchrono SyncKanban eKanban software in their Aerospace Structures Division (ASD).  

ASD’s results were dramatic, reducing scrap by 90% and saving millions of dollars in inventory costs over a multi-year period. Additional improvements achieved through SyncKanban software include increased inventory turns, reduced unplanned and/or expedited deliveries, and minimal on-site material requirements. The added visibility gained through real-time material tracking – and data gathered through the system – drove additional continuous improvement efforts by the Division’s Root Cause and Corrective Action (RCCA) team.

The objectives ASD outlined for the pilot were date-specific. In three months’ time, they wanted the number of systems to build and distribute materials to be consolidated from 16 down to just one. The second objective was to effectively eliminate out-life scrap the week following their go-live date. Both objectives were met on time with SyncKanban software.

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