Boeing Production May Soon Be in Robots’ Hands
Boeing (NYSE:BA) is studying every possibility for manufacturing new 777x planes at a former boat factory in Washington and is working on a system that may involve full automation in engine builds, according to a report by The Seattle Times. It may prove the difference between outsourcing manufacturing work to Japan or keeping the construction and assembly of wide-body jets in and around Everett, the site of many Boeing operations.
Boeing reps did not comment to the Times when asked about the operations in Anacorte, Washington, just off Fidalgo Bay. However, unnamed Boeing engineers did open up to the news outlet when the topic of machine-controlled manufacturing came up.
“We’ve going to introduce a whole lot of automation,” the engineer told the Times, discussing the construction of the fuselage and how it would change. Local residents are awaiting news of how Boeing will construct the different elements of the 777x, as many jobs rest on the company’s decision to stay local or scrap the concept and have the fuselage built in Japan.