Date of Completion

Spring 5-8-2016

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Dr. Gregory Wiles

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Kami Anderson

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Woodrow Winchester III


The aircraft industry focuses a large portion of its resources on tool control during the assembly of aircraft. Tool control is a strict process that demands time from the assembly process. This time is removed from the value-added time spent actually assembling the aircraft. A study at Lockheed Martin conducted in the Spring of 2016 is discussed that examines the time spent on tool control. Tool control is necessary in aircraft assembly to prevent tools from entering compartments of the aircraft. If such an event occurs, the tool may damage the aircraft. All aircraft assembly processes must be tool controlled, and to retain as much efficiency as possible, the tool control process must be implemented carefully in the context of the assembly organization.