Alcoa Fastening Systems Announces Successful Deployment of Trolley-Tray Fastener Kitting System

January 29, 2009

TORRANCE, Calif.–Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) announced today the successful deployment
of its unique Trolley-Tray fastener kitting system at the new Airbus
A320 Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Tianjin, China. The Tianjin approach
follows a similar deployment of this system at the A320 FAL in Hamburg,
Germany. AFS now provides the Chinese FAL with all their required
fasteners for use in the fuselage and wing joint area in a convenient
point-of-use tray system. In addition to supplying the specifically
defined fasteners for each assembly in a color-coded visual system that
is designed to enhance and mistake-proof each technician’s fastener
selection, the kits also include additional fastener grip lengths to
address normal assembly issues. As a result, technician time wasted
walking and searching for the correct fasteners are dramatically
reduced; assembly speed and accuracy is significantly improved; Airbus
only pays for the fasteners they use; and overall inventory costs are

Alcoa Fastening Systems, a business unit of Alcoa (NYSE:AA), is a
leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of fastening systems
including specialty fasteners, fluid fittings, assembly components, and
installation systems for aerospace and commercial applications.
Headquartered in Torrance, California, the company has 6,900 employees,
and manufactures at 21 locations in 9 countries. AFS also operates 7
worldwide distribution/logistics centers providing value-added services.

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