Case Study

Aerojet Rocketdyne: Stepping Out For a Smaller Footprint

STEPPING OUT FOR A SMALLER FOOTPRINT

As a leader in the development and manufacture of aerospace propulsion systems, Aerojet Rocketdyne initiated a Competitive Improvement Program (CIP) aimed at reducing costs and increasing operational efficiency. The major components of this program were facilities optimization and footprint reduction. GP Strategies was selected as a Teaming Partner.

The Solution

Working hand in hand with the CP2 team, GP Strategies conducted field surveys, inspections, and evaluations to determine specific areas where procurement of newer equipment would simplify the process. Thousands of pieces of equipment, components, and test systems were located, identified, and relocated. In addition, GP Strategies engineers worked with the team architects and designers to model these systems using the concept of three-dimensional layout to get the same system performance in a smaller footprint. Ultimately, the team identified key areas for modernization, integrated and coordinated construction activities, and relocated one-of-a-kind equipment and facilities that were more than 50 years old.

The Outcome

GP Strategies’ schedule milestones were realized without delay or interruption to other contractors on the CP2 project. Furthermore, additional goals were met—details of which came to light but that were not originally foreseen by the client—without compromising schedule, safety, or performance. Ultimately, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s goals of reducing both costs and their footprint, while still meeting system requirements, were successfully met.

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Results at a glance
Aerojet Rocketdyne’s goals of reducing both costs and their footprint, while still meeting system requirements, were successfully met.

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