Aerospace Expertise | Business Operations Solutions

High-value specialized support from order to delivery

Aerospace Expertise
Business Operations Solutions

High-Value Specialized Support
From Order To Delivery

Crean & Associates’ Mission

Our dynamic team of hundreds of aerospace professionals provides proposal-to-delivery technical, operations, supplier, and programmatic expertise to resolve technical & production challenges related to manned and unmanned space satellites & exploration, launch & missile systems, semiconductor production, and aviation systems.
We are a Woman-Owned Small Business
Crean and Associates. For when it does take a rocket scientist™

Every one of our hundreds of Space, Launch, and Aviation SME’s has over 20 years of specialized technical experience.

We fill critical client personnel technical gaps.

Our broad SME skill mix helps our clients design, analyze, test, and deliver complex products, perform studies, develop reports, mentor, perform design reviews, and more.

We provide clients flexibility that lowers their cost and increases their depth, with either:

• periodic support, or
• extended engagement

…. either on site or off site.

Yes, we have cleared SME’s. We are the WOSB partner that helps win and deliver.

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Our Program and Supplier team is ready to support you from Proposal to Delivery with customer and supplier relationships that lead to strong teams and are focused on on-time, on-cost delivery of outstanding products.   Our international Program Managers, Project Managers, and Supplier Managers each have over 20 years of aerospace experience successfully delivering complex systems, some in excess of $1B.

They started their careers developing technical expertise before honing their management skills.  We scale the management tools & methods to match the program to deliver a cost effective approach.

Our Supplier Managers use proven tools & methods to ensure peak supplier performance or to turn around challenging projects.

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Crean & Associates uses proven improvement methodology and technologies to deliver measurable rapid improvement.  We cut client cycle times by 50%, double capacity through productivity gains, and improve operating margins by double digits.

Our breadth of experience gives clients clear insights, the best approach to maximize value, and a detailed plan.  We are hands-on to assist the team to learn and implement sustainable improvements.

We help companies grow, maximize margins, achieve benchmark results, and improve underperforming suppliers.  And we maximize value throughout the acquisition process.

Get beyond Lean.  Go Crean.

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C&A Experts Add Value on Day One

Our highly talented and knowledgeable experts understand the many challenges faced in our industry.  That background in solving such a variety of challenges allows them to immediately dig into helping our clients deliver on commitments.  Give us a call and let’s get started today.

Burning Down Late Backlog

Crean & Associates helped one small thruster manufacturing company that struggled with late deliveries due to supplier challenges that often resulted in delays in months. Our operations experts worked hand in hand with our client’s lead technician and Operations Manager to use C&A proven process analysis methods & tools for multiple products, and then lay out a new, smaller clean room for thruster manufacturing.

We used the transition as an opportunity to design and implement new production flow, new no-cost production management systems, and to train the team on new ways to see and approach assembly and test.  The resulting mixed model production & test line saw their kit-to-delivery cycle time dropped by over 80%, taking months out of their cycle time.  That, despite the fact that they went from two-shift operations to a one-shift operation with fewer man hours.

We worked with our client to then use the freed up manpower and clean room space to implement a new production operation for an entirely new product line.

The result was significantly boosted revenue and profit and predictable thruster deliveries that were always on time even when supplier challenges arose.

Big Payoff for Fixing Wing Issues

Crean & Associates’ Subject Matter Experts were called on by one of our clients whose equipment was supporting a very important customer’s wing production line in Europe.  They needed to determine why their wing production was not meeting the required rates, and machining finish quality was a concern as well.  If they couldn’t solve the problem, they stood to lose millions of dollars in incentive payments.  Based on past experience working with C&A, our client knew we had the experience needed to investigate and solve the problems quickly, improve the quality and accelerate the delivery rate to end-of-year targets.  C&A’s expert used his experience in manufacturing methods to analyze the problem and solve it quickly.  The quality problems were solved by the rapid redesign of a part worth under $100.  When it came time to prove that the new production rate could be met with a multiple wing test run, not only did our client meet the rate, but with the improvements in place, they could meet their customer targets set for years down the road.  Our client’s customer went from annoyed to overjoyed.  Our expert stayed on to train his replacement so that the client had a long-term solution to solving any new problems that arose.  The problem was solved, a long-term solution was put in place, and the incentive payments were released, so our client enjoyed an outstanding ROI on their C&A investment.

C&A is a Strong Partner For Growth

 C&A regularly supports clients that range from the Fortune 100 to small businesses.  Here are just a few of the companies our associates have supported.  We look forward to working together with your company.