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Hundreds of suppliers, one Boeing 737 airplane

...ding and language specifications. Just getting the right hue of white to match each airline’s interior walls can be a challenge. “It’s amazing how many different formulations we have,” said Greg Root, president of the company's SuperGraphics division. Boeing Co. is one of the nation’s biggest and best-known manufacturers, employing 158,000 workers and producing tens of billions of dollars worth of commercial jets and defense systems a... ... we stay in the phone book,” Michael said. Move to ‘lean’ manufacturing The 737 production lines stretches down two sides of a building so large some workers use oversized tricycle... ... the thousands of parts that transform the fuselage from an empty shell to a flight-ready machine. Employees work around the clock five days a week on multiple airplanes, producing 31.5 new 737s a month, with each 737 coming together in 11 days. About 9,800 employees work in the Renton facility on both the 737 program and the P/8A Poseidon, a military version produced f... ...y carmaker Toyota, Boeing made the gradual shift from building 737s at stations to running a moving production line. Such changes have cut the amount of time it takes to produce a 737 in half, from 22 days to 11. Michael’s ultimate goal is to cut the production time to eight days per plane. Competitive threats The company says such improvements may be necessary to its survival. The various 737 models account for about 33 percent of all Boeing and Airbus planes flying today, according to Forecast International. But while Boeing has chiefly competed with Airbus until now, the company is facing looming threats f... ...etimes asked to rush an order from its Seattle plant to the Renton facility in just a few hours, so production can keep flowing despite an unexpected change in an airline’s needs. GM Nameplate has production facilities in China and Singapore but said it would not make sense to make the products for Boeing there.“It’d cost more to ship it back than it would to produce it here,” said Brad Root, president of GM Nameplate's Seattle division. Even Boeing’s own units say they feel the pressure. Internal suppliers On a recent weekday morning, Brian Crabtree was at work at Boeing’s Interiors Responsibility Center in Everett, north of Seattle, pulling new 737 interior panels from an industrial oven. By the end of the day, about 100 of those panels would be completed and shipped 30 miles south to the 737 plant in Renton to be installed on a new airplane, perhaps as early as that evening. The quick turnaround, from GM Nameplate, leaves little inventory sitting around, which saves money. Hamilton, the 737 engineer, concedes the company could move its interiors manufacturing to an overseas supplier but said the Boeing unit has been able to stay competitive. “Right now, we believe that making those locally is the right thing to do,” he said. Re-engine, or rethink? As the 737 model ages and faces increased competition, bigger changes are likely on the horizon. The company is currently evaluating whether to introduce a new, more efficient engine to the aircraft, a move that would require other major design changes. The company also could move to a completely new airplane design, a costly undertaking that may be difficult as it is still flight-testing the brand new 787, the wide-body 747-8 and the P/8A for the Navy. In addition, Boeing is gearing up to launch a new interior for the 737. Still, the potential for such changes have left some worried that Boeing will choose to make...

GM Nameplate Introduces Liquid Optical Bonding Capability

...e benefits of silicone and epoxy while remaining optically clear and highly resistant to yellowing, delamination and bubbling,” stated Gerry Gallagher, Vice President of Sales and Marketing &nda... ...icensees, which can include consulting, planning, integration of bonding capabilities into existing production facilities, project management, training and service support. DuPont also supplies its high-performance VertakTM bonding adhesive to licensees. Established in 1954, GM Nameplate specializes in the custom design and manufacture of branding components including nameplates, decals, labels and custom panels; electronic input devices such as membrane switches, rubber keypads and touch screens; decorated and molded plastic components; value added assemblies; and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every ti...

GM Nameplate Enhances Nameplate Capabilities with the Addition of Park Nameplate

...0 – GM Nameplate announced today that Park Nameplate is the next addition to their family of product offerings. Park Nameplate will provide innovative ways to decorate and fabricate aluminum products with nameplates, medallions, badges, bezels, and many other types of product identification and metallic enhancements. Located in Dover, New Hampshire, Park Nameplate has been in the industry for over 50 years and offers a wide selection of decorated and fabricated aluminum parts. A recognized leader in the industry, Park began as an anodizer of aluminum, which allowed them to produce exceptionally durable parts with an appealing metallic finish. Today, they have developed far more advanced... ...nd touch screens; decorated and molded plastic components; value added assemblies; and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every time. GM Nameplate is a privately owned comp... ...30, 2010 – GM Nameplate announced today that Park Nameplate is the next addition of their family of product offerings. GM Nameplate Enhances Nameplate Capabilities with the Addition of Park ...

GM Nameplate Recognized as “Supplier of the Year” by The Boeing Company

...012 Seattle – April 19, 2012 - GM Nameplate has been recognized as Supplier of the Year in the Interiors category by The Boeing Company. GM Nameplate was one of 16 companies honored on April 18th for distinguished performance in working with Boeing. In January, GM Nameplate was notified that it was one of ... ...demonstrated outstanding commitment to providing our customers with the best-value, highest-quality products and services, while meeting the customers’ requirements and anticipating their needs for th... ...and touch screens; decorated and molded plastic components, value-added assemblies and large format digital graphics. About GMN Aerospace As a key part of GM Nameplate, GMN Aerospace is a recognized... ...sign and manufacture of mandatory markings and subassemblies for the entire aircraft. This includes interior and exterior mandatory markings, component supplier for passenger service units (PSU), cust... ...Boeing order in 1960, GM Nameplate has provided Boeing and the aerospace industry with high-quality products and continues to build on its collaborative relationship with Boeing today. Quality and Delivery are the core focus to all GM Nameplate’s custom products, and the company has earned an overall composite rating average of Silver at 99.99 percent for both Qualit... ... boeingsoyforemail.jpg GM Nameplate has been recognized as Supplier of the Year in the Interiors category by The Boeing Company. GMN “Supplier of the Year” by The Boeing Company...

GM Nameplate Expands Capabilities into the Industrial Market

...te’s focus is to help its customers gain control of their decal and graphics program. This is accomplished through a combination of lean manufacturing processes, just-in-time delivery and reduct... ...eir customers to ensure their safety decals meet the most current standards thus reducing potential product liability lawsuits. This will help manufacturers reduce the total cost of ownership of decals, nameplates and graphic products by reducing suppliers, increase efficiency and ensuring compliance with regulations such as ANSI, ISO, UL ... ... savings to our customers,” said Chris Doyle, National Sales Manager of GM Nameplates Graphic Products. “With the cost of materials and labor continuing to go up, we developed value added solutions to help give our customers a competitive advantage.” About GM Nameplate, Inc. - Established in 1954, GM Nameplate specializes in the custom design and manufacture of branding components including nameplates, decals, labels and custom panels; electronic input devices such as membrane switches, rubber keypads and touch screens; decorated and molded plastic components; value added assemblies; and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every time. GM Nameplate is a privately owned compa...

GM Nameplate receives 2010 Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

...iding the Aerospace Giant and this industry the highest quality placards, labels and panels for the Interiors of all major aircraft programs. “We are honored to receive Boeing’s Supplier E... ...ally helped to further develop us into a better company for all stakeholders. On behalf of all the employees of GM Nameplate, we thank Boeing for this award.” About GM Nameplate, Inc. Established in 1954, GM Nameplate specializes in the custom design and manufacture of branding components includin... ...d touch screens; decorated and molded plastic components; value added assemblies; and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every time. GM Nameplate is a privately owned company with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company employs nearly 1,000 people throughout facilities in California, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington (2), Canada an...

Nissan Emblem

...f an automobile, was searching for a U.S. based nameplate manufacturer after Nissan decided to move production of the Altima vehicle from Japan back to the states. MPC’s decision to move this b... ...l mirror chrome finish, as well as provide the needed durability for an under-hood component. Final production step includes pad printing that lays down the copy “NISSAN” into the recessed areas of the emblem. The ink withstands the...

GM Nameplate Named One of Washington’s Best Workplaces by Puget Sound Business Journal

...ous process, which included more than 230 nominees and the completion of surveys by nominee-company employees across the state, workplaces in four different categories have been identified as Washington's best, based on their various employee benefit offerings, leadership culture and work/life balance philosophies. In total, 85 companies made the grade as finalists. The event, which drew nearly 1100 people, announced and honored all companies on the list and revealed bronze, silver and gold winners for each category. GMN Seattle President Brad Root, SuperGraphics President Greg Root, HR Director Debbie Thompson, and Marketing and Communications Specialist Elise Harrington represented GM Nameplate at the event. This was GM Nameplates first time being recognized as one of Washington’s best workplaces. “We appreciate being recognized as a Best Workplace finalist,” said Brad Root, GMN Seattle President. “It is an honor to be among the State’s best employers.” “Work-force development has never been more important – or more difficult – th... ...nd touch screens; decorated and molded plastic components; value added assemblies; and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every time. About Puget Sound Business Journal The ...

GM Nameplate Announces Significant Upgrade to Capabilities with Addition of New Printing Press and Router

...plate, a leading custom manufacturing solutions provider, announced today the installation of a new printing and fabrication system to better serve its customer’s needs. These additions are installed at GM Nameplate’s North Carolina division. The new systems expand the company’s digital printing technology and CNC fabrication expertise; now offering our customers the option to receive the benefits of digital printing on metal, wood or other rigid or flexible materials and substrates up to 1.2 inches thick. In addition, the press can print up to 126 inches by 63 inches allowing our customers to take advantage of large format printing capabilities as well as POP materials and programs. These new capabilities include an eight color print head that allows precise matching of an extremely wide range of spot colors, as well as a four-color process. “Printing on most any substrate, even metal, glass or wood and provides new options to our customers as solutions to their graphic product needs that have not been available in the past,” stated Jack Sharrett, President of GM Nameplate’s Monroe, NC Division. The unit features a full bed vacuum table that enables accurate printing on rigid materials weighing up to 178 pounds and a bed size of 60 inches by 120 inches. It performs edge-to-edge and double-sided printing, allowing the efficient interchange between digital and screen-printing processes and produces exceptional Lenticular 3D imaging, while featuring an impressive print speed. The fabrication system does not require tooling but only programming and utilizes optical registration for improved fabrication on plastics, vinyl, acrylics and aluminum from as small as .011” in thickness up to 1.2” thick. Multiple bit sizes and shapes provide an increased range of finishing options and improved workflow for GM Nameplate customers that are in need of a quick turn. “This new equipment combines the durability of screen inks with the efficiency of digital printing, eliminating several labor steps in the process,” continued Sharrett. “Digital printing will not fit every opportunity, but this capability brings great value to our customers for fast, small volume, brilliant products we could not produce in the past. It also allows us to provide our customers the option of either low or high volume production runs for quick turn, high quality digital printing on parts that were previously only available through traditional print methods.” About GM Nameplate, Inc. Established in 1954, GM Nameplate specializes in the custom design and manufacture of branding components including nameplates, decals, labels and custom panels; electronic input devices such as membrane switches, rubber keypads and touch screens; decorated and molded plastic components; value added assemblies; and large format digital graphics. GM Nameplate is recognized worldwide as a leading international manufacturer, which provides products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations every time. GM Nameplate is a privately owned company with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company employs nearly 1,000 people throughout facilities in California, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington (2), Canada and Asia. Media Contact Shannon Kirk Marketing Manager GM Nameplate 206.284.2200 shannonk@gmnameplate.com spyder_print.jpg Don't Touch Special Announcements spyder_print.jpg SEATTLE, WA, January 14, 2011 – GM Nameplate, a leading custom manufacturing solutions provider, announced today the installation of a new printing and fabrication system to better serve its customer’s needs. GM Nameplate Announces Significant Upgrade to Capabilities with Addition of New Printing Press and Router ...

Philips Pediatric Electric Toothbrushes

...nes, directly impacting their spending with GM Nameplate, the sales force continued to look for new opportunities for GM Nameplate to bring their label and application expertise to the table. Creating... ...y for the decorative label set the bar high. Beginning in January 2009, GM Nameplate San Jose began producing samples for print, performance, and biocompatibility testing. The exciting part of this s...