Orbital Sciences was selected as the US assembly partner for the Iridium 2 Satellite project
This included an aggressive launch schedule which facilitated the need to go from a stall build environment producing one satellite every two-three months to the ability to produce four satellites in a single month
TPT was asked to provide as assembly plan including plant floor layout, manning, station readiness and material flow concepts in order for Orbital to make this happen
- Work with manufacturing engineering to develop the required standard work for a new satellite build project
- Create concept floor layout to align with new standard work
- Create new man assignments and supporting documentation
- Create work standard MODAPTS studies based upon the man assignments and the floor layout
- Using the MODAPTS studies and the layout to create simulations for “proof of concept”
Through simulation and line balancing, TPT helped Orbital achieve the goal of producing 4 satellites per month within the same manufacturing footprint
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