In recent years, Weber Aircraft has faced a tremendous downward
pressure on price in the airline industry. In order to remain
competitive, Weber set objectives to drastically reduce costs.
However, they did not want to lose their excellent reputation
for product quality and customer satisfaction that had taken more
than 60 years to build. While strongly adhering to the principles
of lean manufacturing, Weber pursued their goal of reducing operating
costs. One immediate problem facing Weber was the inability of
the current routing equipment to keep up with production requirements.
The demand for plastic food trays for commercial aircraft seats
had far exceeded the capacity of the single routing machine currently
in use at Weber. Weber was faced with the decision whether to
buy a second machine that was identical to the one they already
had, or search for a different routing machine that may be better
suited for their particular product. Weber opted to search for
a different routing machine since the existing equipment was very
oversized for their needs. After a fruitless search of traditional
off-the-shelf routing machines and repeated unwillingness of commercial
vendors to customize a machine for them, Weber Aircraft contacted
the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), a NIST MEP network
affiliate, with the request to help them find a "right-sized"
routing machine for producing plastic food trays for commercial
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