QMT Features: July 2007
Gauge management
Keeping track of 2,000 gauges at Honeywell Engines is the key to the quality of its measurement system

With sales of $9 billion and employment of 40,000 people in 97 worldwide manufacturing and service sites, everything is “writ large” at Honeywell Aerospace. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Honeywell’s Propulsion Systems Enterprise (PSE) has more than 4,000 employees worldwide.

A look at Honeywell Engines reveals about two thousand gauges that must be regularly calibrated, with accurate records of those calibrations maintained. In addition, gauge links must be made to alignment procedures, operating instructions, and B/P information.

The complexity of such a large system of measurement systems analysis presents a tall order to those who must keep track of it all. According to Derek Simpson, associate metrology engineer at Honeywell’s Ireland plant, GAGEpackEZ from PQ Systems, Inc. is up to the task.

The company, registered with ISO 9001 and AS 9100, is emphatic about its quality, and promises that “Every function at Honeywell approaches improvement with the same logical method:

  • Define the customer critical parameters
  • Measure how the process performs
  • Analyze the causes of problems
  • Improve the process to reduce defects and variation
  • Control the process to ensure continued, improved performance”

This commitment to improvement is supported by GAGEpack use in the Engines Systems and Services facility, where it is used to record calibration data and results. Gauge maintenance records, a key to quality, are provided by GAGEpack, which also offers a way to link to other critical functions as well as to pictorial representations that support easy identification. Barcode scanning is used for booking in and out Outside Vendor gaues or measurements.

Derek Simpson and his team appreciate the customisable features of GAGEpack, as well as the barcode scanning feature. “The reports system is fully customisable for different areas of our plant,” he says. The company is moving toward a paperless system, and Derek is confident that GAGEpack will save take by incorporating all of the results data.  l


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