737 wings have a new PAL

How do you continue to meet growing demand for the world’s best-selling airplane? It doesn’t hurt to have a PAL in your corner.

The first high speed, state-of-the-art fastening machine for the 737 wing Panel Assembly Line, nicknamed PAL, is now boxed up and almost ready ship to our Renton factory.

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PAL, built by supplier Electroimpact, will use a high-speed, laser-guided system to install rivets and fasteners. Gail Hanusa photo.

Standing 20 feet tall, it’s one of nine PAL machines that will make up the new continuous flow assembly line in Renton’s wings building— allowing the program to assemble 737 wings faster than ever. In fact, we’ll be able to build panels twice as fast as today.

PAL is just one of the investments we’re making to update the Renton site infrastructure and production processes to support increased rates and the introduction of the new 737 MAX. It also supports our goals to make our production safer and to improve quality.

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For those of you in the Puget Sound area, be on the lookout for PAL in the coming days once it begins its journey by rail and barge from Snohomish County down to Renton.

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Covered in a giant box, PAL makes its way from our supplier in Mukilteo over to our Everett factory— eventually bound for Renton.

Comments (3)

Dave Anderson (Seattle):

Thanks, PAL.

Leslie Troyer (Seattle):

That is one big box, I'd love to see the Christmas tree it goes under ;).

Norman Garza (Long Beach, CA):

Wow, that looks like a very tight squeeze.

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