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Case Study: Major OEM Streamlines Production Utilizing AHW Kitting Solutions

A major US original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of aircraft seats, manages their production uniquely in that all their assembly lines are interchangeable and can run different productions down any line at any given time. However, with their repetitive and sizable volume of work, they were spending unnecessary labor hours walking to inventory storage locations to gather the parts they needed to build their assemblies. The OEM approached Aircraft Hardware West (AHW) to explore efficient ways for their staff to retrieve hardware and AHW concluded that kitting was the best solution. The first kit introduced into production was to support a legacy program at one of their US facilities. Prior to implementation, AHW conducted an on-site discovery of which parts were being used at every point of the production line down to aftermarket final assembly. Post discovery, AHW created the first sample kit, which comprised of sub kits, to support the [...]

2020-09-10T14:10:41-07:00May 28th, 2020|

Efficiency is Critical: Benefits of Kitting

Kitting is one of the many inventory management services offered by global aerospace hardware distributor, Aircraft Hardware West (AHW). The benefits of kitting are well known, including enhanced efficiency and reduced costs by cutting down on purchasing, receiving, and pulling product for production. Kitting is a value-added service provided by AHW at no additional cost to its customers. What is Kitting? Kitting is a lean material management strategy where a group of parts based on a bill of materials (BOM) are pre-labeled and pre-packaged to form a single part number to represent a “kit” that is delivered directly to the assembly line.  Custom kitting is a value-added service that helps to streamline the manufacturing process, saving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MROs) facilities both time and money. Why Kitting? Kitting allows OEMs and MROs to focus on their core competencies by eliminating any non-value-added activities. Using [...]

2020-09-10T14:49:55-07:00May 28th, 2020|

Case Study: Automating Supply Chain Metrics, Enhancing Visibility and Customer Service With Quantum Control

Aircraft Hardware West relies on Quantum Control MRO & Logistics Software to streamline their Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) program and provide real-time reporting to their customers. Aircraft Hardware West (AHW) offers a wide variety of products and customized solutions, specializing in aircraft fasteners, electrical components, and placards for aircraft applications, including seats, lavatories, galleys, cargo, and cabin interiors. Their comprehensive product knowledge, design support, and culture of continual improvement position them as a global leader in aircraft hardware distribution and vendor management. AHW is in the process of opening a facility in Gainesville, TX to support its growing VMI program at Safran Seats US. This new facility will also serve as a central distribution center to support the Midwest and East Coast, as well as their facility in Chihuahua, Mexico. Altogether, AHW services 7 VMI customers with 10 divisions across the US and Mexico. As of today, they manage an [...]

2020-06-02T17:26:27-07:00April 2nd, 2020|

Aircraft Hardware West Expands Vendor Managed Inventory Services Nationally with Multi-Year Unilode Aviation Solutions VMI Contract

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Unilode Aviation Solutions manages the world’s largest outsourced fleet of ULDs and owns the largest global network for the maintenance and repair of containers, pallets and inflight foodservice equipment. Aircraft Hardware West (AHW) entered a multi-location/multi-year vendor managed inventory (VMI) hardware logistics, provisioning, and delivery program. Powered by AHW’s state-of-the-art VMI operating platform, Unilode can now eliminate the costs of in-scope hardware while maintaining physical demand levels on-site which are required to support repair and production areas in their facilities. The service has been set-up at Unilode in Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Chicago (ORD), Houston, (IAH), and Hawaii (HNL), with the following locations expected in 2020: New York (JFK), New Jersey (EWR), Cincinnati (CVG), Dulles (IAD), Miami (MIA), and Santiago Chile (SCL). Bobby Arranaga, Director of Service Delivery and Program Manager for the deployment of this solution states “It was easy for [...]

2020-02-24T21:07:46-08:00February 24th, 2020|

Aircraft Hardware West – Continuous Improvement through Safran VMI Re-Design

Aircraft Hardware West (AHW) has been an elite partner and member of Safran’s aircraft seat manufacturing hardware supply chain since 2008. These long-term contracts have been delivered through traditional logistics methodologies and, since 2015, more advanced inventory management delivery models. Safran Seats has a strong international presence on three continents and in five countries around the world, France, United States, Mexico, Tunisia and within the United Kingdom. Since the implementation of AHW’s Advanced Inventory Management Solution (AIMS) at Safran’s U.S. and Mexico facilities, AHW has been delivering thousands of unique aerospace part numbers and related hardware through their customized Twin-Bin system. These Twin-Bin racks have been strategically located throughout their production facilities to optimize efficiencies and are controlled by their integrated Remote Inventory Management (RMI) platform. Working with the Safran’s production engineers and workflow analysts, and in their tradition of continuous improvement, AHW has recently completed a re-design and phase [...]

2019-12-12T19:36:30-08:00December 12th, 2019|

AHW Signs LTA with Leading Aerospace Fastener Manufacturer, Arconic Fastening Systems

AHW has announced that they have entered into a Long Term Agreement (LTA) with Arconic Fastening Systems executed this week and to take effect on Dec 1, 2019, and effective until Dec 1, 2022. This agreement covers a wide variety of products that will support AHW’s Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) programs in the U.S. and Mexico. The scope of products will include hardware from the Recoil, Huck and Arconic Nutplate, and Keensert factories. This agreement continues AHW’s Supply Chain strategy of aggressively locking key manufacturers into LTA’s to secure critical vendor part numbers, under contract pricing, which avoids cost increases and secures delivery schedules. The agreement also supports OEM initiatives to reduce vendor bases to only key suppliers. Arconic Fastening Systems says that AHW has been a long-standing customer and has proven to be an accomplished global supplier to major OEMs. The partnership between Arconic and AHW has many benefits, [...]

2019-10-16T21:34:10-07:00October 16th, 2019|

Boeing Encore Interiors Signs 2-Year Contract Extension with AHW

On September 18th, 2019, Aircraft Hardware West has extended its Long Term Agreement with Encore Interiors, a Boeing Company, for an additional 2 years. Encore is engaged in the design, development, and manufacture of aircraft interiors and structural products. AHW and Encore had entered into this Long Term Agreement in January of 2017 and was originally termed to remain in force through December 31, 2019.  The amendment extends parts and services for Mexico and California facilities. Included with the extension was a significant increase of parts scope on a wide variety of hardware items including Boeing’s strategic panel inserts. Frank Ioffrida, CEO of AHW says " We are very excited about the Boeing buyout of Encore interiors. This widens our opportunity to grow with Boeing and their newly approved “LIFT” seat that will be used on the B737 and B787 programs”. This extension is the third hardware and placard contract that [...]

2019-09-30T18:16:37-07:00September 30th, 2019|

Safran Seats signs new 5-Year Agreement with Aircraft Hardware West

Safran signs a 5 year contract with Aircraft Hardware West (AHW) to provide aerospace hardware and Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Services for their Safran Seats North American facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. This agreement also extends to all other Safran business units worldwide including Safran Seats France, Tunisia and China.  With established VMI programs with Embraer in Chihuahua, MX,  this further builds out AHW’s Mexico operations and strengthens AHW’s presence in the region. As part of the contract, AHW will implement Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Services for Safran business units in the U.S. and Mexico.  The VMI program will support over 4000 part numbers at four different business units. AHW utilizes the Hurst Twin-Bin system which is integrated with full automation into the daily on-site operational services, AHW ERP and Web Portal. This VMI system provides an innovative and holistic approach to the procurement, stocking, replenishment and payment process, [...]

2019-09-13T04:42:45-07:00September 13th, 2019|

AHW CEO Presents at Mexico’s Aerospace Summit 2019

This August 14th and 15th 2019, Aircraft Hardware West, Inc. (AHW) showed a strong presence at Mexico’s Aerospace Summit in Queretaro, MX, with their booth and on the main stage demonstrating its strength and relevancy in the Aerospace Hardware Distribution and Inventory Management areas. CEO Frank Ioffrida was part of a panel of suppliers discussing, on the main stage, the benefits and values of setting up business in Mexico. In 2017, AHW expanded its U.S. operations to Chihuahua, MX, setting up a full Inventory Logistics center servicing 3 major OEM’s in the area. The planning and logistics for that expansion was supported by a Mexican Shelter Company, Intermex, and has been extremely successful. AHW has expanded its products lines, services portfolio and parts scope by over 300% since establishing the Chihuahua presence. Franks says “The Queretaro show has given us the ability to network with local OEM’s and establish strong [...]

2019-08-20T00:40:49-07:00August 19th, 2019|

AHW’s Participation in Mexico’s Aerospace Summit

The Mexico Aerospace Summit, held in Queretaro, Mexico on August 16-17,  2018, demonstrated why Mexico’s manufacturing, logistics and distributions industries are growing significantly in the aerospace, automotive, electronics and medical sectors. Aircraft Hardware West was proud to be part of the conference members on display, highlighting our wide range of aircraft hardware products and services. The Aerospace Summit matched potential buyers and suppliers in pre-arranged, one-to-one, private meetings. This process allowed  Aircraft Hardware West to identify new potential business partners and request meetings based on our capabilities and synergies. The Summit opened with an overview of the Aerospace Industry in Mexico by FEMIA, Managing Director, Luis Lizcano, focusing on the growth and expansion of the business in Mexico with analysis of trends facing the Mexico Aerospace markets. The Aircraft Hardware West booth was an extremely popular area with great interest shown by suppliers and manufacturers in AHW’s significant parts inventory, [...]

2019-04-02T17:39:23-07:00April 2nd, 2019|
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