B>Minority Business Wins Military Transport Deal
McDonnell Douglas has selected Telecom Solutions Inc. for a contract valued at $8.1 million for its automated work management system as part of a cost reduction plan for the McDonnell Douglas/U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III military transport.
Telecom Solutions Inc. is a minority-owned Small Business Administration company in Lake Forest, Calif. This contract is part of McDonnell Douglas' ongoing effort to increase small and disadvantaged business participation in the C-17 program.
TSI has been working on a prototype for the past 2 years for the Air Force's Industrial Modernization Incentive program. As the company with the most compatible solution, TSI was chosen for the 18-month contract over Hughes and EDS. Amrik Poonian, founder of TSI, said it is much easier to obtain contracts when your company is small and flexible.
TSI developed the work management system that will replace existing text-based work instructions with online electronic image-based work instructions. The sophisticated system captures and stores video images of actual work performed and links them to written work instructions on a single computer screen.
The image-based work instructions provide, for the first time, the ability to visually illustrate for an employee the exact method of performing an assigned task on the shop or factory floor. The system provides step-by-step visual images, capturing the expert knowledge of an experienced operator to educate the less-experienced operator, greatly reducing training time and variability.
The system is part of an ongoing effort by McDonnell Douglas to produce the C-17 more efficiently, reduce its cost and continue on-time or ahead-of-schedule deliveries.
-- Tania Anderson
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
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