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Will Zero Defect trend in aircraft manufacturing make defects obsolete?

One of the growing trends right now in manufacturing is the so-called Zero Defect movement. In addition to automotive manufacturing, another area where the trend is growing is aircraft manufacturing. The idea, boiled down, is that high quality control needs to be provided on the front end of manufacturing rather than left for post-manufacturing repair and maintenance.

Zero Defect manufacturing represents, according to proponents, a move away from the World War II approach of tolerating certain defects in order to increase production and get planes into service more quickly. One of the factors influencing this trend is the fact that there is presently a great demand for aircraft and the need to increase production efficiencies, including addressing defects in manufacturing. 

Another factor is the strict safety requirements manufacturers are required to meet, as well as the safety standards that airlines must meet for each flight. The Federal Aviation Administration, through the Flight Standards Service, is the agency charged with establishing and enforcing these standards. Still another reason for the growing Zero Defect trend in aircraft manufacturing is that it reduces material waste, encourages more efficient designs and results in reduced production costs.

The trend of working to eliminate all manufacturing defects is a positive one, though it is doubtful whether aircraft manufacturing will ever be able to eliminate all possibility of defects. When aircraft manufacturing does result in defects which later causes harm to individuals, it is certainly the right of accident victims to seek just compensation in court. Different states have different laws when it comes to products liability, and it is critical to work with an experienced attorney who understands how to build the strongest possible case and how to advocate for an aircraft accident victim’s rights.


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