Forging Industry Leadtimes: An Analysis of Causes for and Solutions to Long Leadtimes for Aerospace Forgings
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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Leadtimes for aerospace forgings exceeded two years in some cases between 1979 and 1981. While current leadtimes are not this long, there remains concern over the leadtimes for forgings and the forging industrys ability to respond to increased demand in a timely manner. A review of literature pertaining to this topic was conducted and is included in this report. Possible problems andor causes responsible for long forging leadtimes, and possible solutions to long forging leadtimes, were identified from the review of literature. Interviews were conducted, concerning the identified problems and solutions, with forging firms, forging industry officials, raw materials processors, USAF personnel active duty and civilian, and Department of Commerce personnel. The results of those interviews and conclusions drawn from them concerning the identified problems and solutions are presented.
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