The Challenge


General Dynamics AIS Integrated Space Systems runs a complicated operation in Scottsdale, AZ. For over 40 years, the firm has been delivering critical communications products to space programs, including Explorer, Voyager, Space Station, Orion, NATO Satellites, Mars Pathfinder, and Mars Rover. Obviously, highly efficient and effective manufacturing operations are critical in such a context. Eight years ago, General Dynamics embarked on a journey in the pursuit of a completely paperless shop floor.



The Approach

The achievement of a completely paperless shop floor has been a testimonial to the dedication of the management and execution team. General Dynamics AIS started with the following important objectives:

  • A Common Manufacturing and Quality System
  • A Paperless Shop Floor
  • A repository to collect and extract from all production-related data
  • Superior control of product workflow and engineering change incorporation
  • Data & Metrics to support Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen efforts
  • Cost Reductions for each new Program and Contract

"For our customers, the process standardization and data integrity that's been enabled has been huge."

Mike Floyd
Director of Mission Assurance, General Dynamics AIS



The Results


90% reduction in shop floor paperwork that can introduce confusion and waste.


8 hours

Now, it only takes General Dynamics 8 hours to train new shop floor personnel.


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