Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Boeing 787’s problems blamed on outsourcing, lack of oversight | Business & Technology | The Seattle Times

"Insourcing" is destined to become the business word of the year
"Company engineers blame the 787’s outsourced supply chain, saying that poor quality components are coming from subcontractors that have operated largely out of Boeing’s view.
“The risk to the company is not this battery, even though this is really bad right now,” said one 787 electrical engineer, who asked not to be identified. “The real problem is the power panels.”
Unlike earlier Boeing jets, he said, the innards of the 787 power distribution panels — which control the flow of electricity to the plane’s many systems — are “like Radio Shack,” with parts that are “cheap, plastic and prone to failure.”"
Boeing 787’s problems blamed on outsourcing, lack of oversight | Business & Technology | The Seattle Times
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