Thursday, June 6, 2013

RV-12 Fuselage Kit … Parts-O-Plenty

The RV-12 fuselage kit inventory is slowly coming to fruition.  Was hoping to have the inventory completed by today, but rain throughout most of the day prevented the large shipping crate from being opened outside so the parts bundles could be accessed for inventory.

There is a lot going on with the fuselage … the amount hardware and parts reflects that. The fuselage kit contains oodles of plastic and brown paper bags chocked full with a myriad of rivets, platenuts, washers, screws, bolts, nuts, grommets, pins, fuel and brake line fittings, bearings, bushings, blocks, cotter pins, clamps, etc., which all required being counted, except the rivets.

Some builders keep the parts in the paper bags and search for the part on the master inventory list, then go to the appropriate bag for the part … all of which can work OK, but has its flaws. Often times the only way similar parts are differentiated from one another is by their quantity. So for me, the problem with keeping the parts in the bags is as they are used, the counts change and some items can quickly become hard to identify between one another.
All the small hardware in the RV-12’s fuselage kit was transferred from paper and plastic bags into 6 parts trays.

The DOG Aviation inventory control department opted to take the time to place the hardware items into parts bins and make labels identifying all the small parts.  Admittedly, it does take a little upfront time to do this … but moving forward, all similar parts are in one spot … quick and easy to find. It required four parts trays for all the hardware and another two for all the rivets.

Hopefully the inventory will be completed tomorrow if the weather cooperates.