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Continental Aerospace Technologies

the machine tool," he says. "It's only going to take our
safety and quality to the next level."

Winning Together
Continental has nurtured strong relationships with its
vendors. "As we grow, our supply base grows as well,"
Skolnik says, noting that the company has recently made a
number of changes within its supply chain team in Mobile.
These changes have not only helped facilitate growth
but also build strong partnerships with its supply base.
"We win together," he says. "We're working really hard
with our suppliers to continue to build that partnership
across the board."
Although many are based in North America, "We've
got a number of suppliers that are global that support
this operation," he says, noting that Continental recently formed a partnership with I.T.F. Group Corp, which is
one of the world's leading washing companies.
The two firms have partnered on a special assembly
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got a very strong engineering team that has developed
similar solutions in other industries and applications,"
he says, explaining that I.T.F. created a cost-effective
solution for Continental while meeting its safety, quality
and production standards.
I.T.F.'s design includes multiple unique features to
help with error proofing during the assembly operations.
"There's going to be a number of error proofing features
in the equipment, tooling and work station to ensure
quality at the process."
Continental has also partnered with RedViking, which
is supplying automated guided vehicles (AGVs) for its
Future State Assembly line. Currently, Continental is
using mechanical build stands on a set of casters that are
manually pushed throughout its assembly process.
But in its Future State line, "We will have automated
guided vehicles transporting the engines from station to
station," he says, noting that the AGVs will provide many
benefits, including much improved safety and ergonomics.
"The current engine build stands are extremely heavy
and cumbersome," Skolnik says, adding that the AGVs
will automatically rotate and move the engine to the
best, most ergonomic height and position for Continental's team members throughout the assembly process.
"For example, the team member doesn't have to manually crank the engine over to install the sump or other
accessories, the AGVs will do this automatically."
The AGVs also boost quality levels at each station. Because the vehicles will be tied into the company's manufacturing execution software system, they will not allow
the engine to continue in process until all operations
have been successfully completed.
"It forces in-station quality," he says, noting that RedViking is well known for the flexibility and quality of its
AGVs. "This is part of their core competency."
Skolnik predicts growth ahead for Continental as it
makes the move to its new facility. "I see a lot of positives
from efficiency in the operation," he says, noting that the
company will add new products and bring more volume
into its factories.
"I see a very bright future for Continental and everyone who works here," he says, adding that the company
plans to continue its year of change with a refreshed logo
and look, as well as a new name.
"It is an absolute change across the board that reinforces our position as a leader and innovator in general
aviation. New logo, new ambitions, new engines," Skolnik says. mt


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