Boeing’s “PTQ” (Put Together Quickly) videos show a time lapse of an airliner in production. They have been producing the for years – certainly since I was working there.
This one, though, shows something a little special.
When I first started working there, the idea of a line stop was unthinkable. The plane moved on time, period. Any unfinished work “traveled” with the plane, along with the associated out-of-sequence tasks and rework involved.
The fact that the 737 is now built on a continuously moving assembly line in Renton is fairly well known.
But what struck me in this PTQ video is that one of the things highlighted in it is a line stop. It happens pretty quickly at about 1:57.
The video is also full of rich visual controls to allow the team to compare the actual flow vs. the intended flow. See many many you can spot.