Of no surprise to anyone who has read my page on Boeing's Vast Network of Fraud, things continue to devolve as far as quality, safety, and conformity in Boeing's effectively unregulated network of suppliers that is rightly designated here as "Boeing's Vast Network of Fraud."
As noted briefly in my 11/1/17 blog, Boeing's Japanese suppliers have been caught fabricating quality records, just like Boeing itself does daily as noted on this site.
First, in October, Kobe Steel was found to have fabricated quality/test data for aluminum used on Boeing planes. Article excerpts are unbolded:
"The suspect (Kobe Steel) aluminum has been used to make parts from Japanese manufacturers Mitsubishi, Kawasaki and Subaru, which make major structural portions of Boeing's jets, as well as Nabtesco, which supplies the plane maker with mechanical components called actuators that move the jet's flight controls."
Here is a picture of some of the subject actuators with the suspect aluminum that perform the high mechanical stress job of moving the flight control surfaces on Boeing airplanes:
The substandard quality/strength aluminum comprises the major portion of these actuators, which are the valve/piston bodies in which the pistons that move the flight control surfaces are installed. If these aluminum bodies crack, the actuator is immediately disabled. The hydraulic pressure plumbing circuit that the actuator is on can lose fluid and be rendered useless as well.
Obviously, the major structure of Boeing's almost built as delivered airplanes and their flight controls are affected with this Kobe Steel substandard quality/strength aluminum. You can't get much more safety related than that.
However, not per Boeing, where no such unknown quality/strength substandard aluminum being used in the most critical portions of their airplanes could affect the safety of the poor dupes who fly on those airplanes, even when it is safety related:
'"Nothing in our review to date leads us to conclude that this issue presents a safety concern," said Boeing.'
A typical lie about the safety and airworthiness of Boeing airplanes from Boeing's well paid den of liars, Boeing Public Relations.
From the article:
"Kobe Steel has admitted it fabricated data related to the quality and strength of aluminum and copper used in a range of products at hundreds of companies -- from cars to defense equipment and (Boeing) airplanes..."
'Kobe Steel is required to submit data attesting to the material properties of the parts it makes for companies that supply parts to Boeing's factories. A portion of material it is building with is set aside for testing. In many cases, data collected in testing didn't pass strength tests and were disregarded, the person briefed on the Boeing findings said.
Kobe said in a report released on Friday that "a portion of the inspection items ... was not conducted, and inspection data was rewritten" on its aluminum products.'
So, the aluminum from Kobe Steel now in an unknown quantity of already defect riddled (as noted on this website) Boeing airplanes' critical structure and flight control actuators is substandard quality and not of the required strength. Again, how can this not be safety related?
Those who follow this site already know to never fly on any Boeing airplane, but what about the millions who don't follow this site who are trusting crooked Boeing management and its lying P.R. department that they are still safe flying on a Boeing plane because of those lies?
They are now in effect paying Guinea pigs, putting themselves at extra risk of death with only as little as 1/16" of unknown quality under-strength Kobe Steel aluminum between them and suffering the gruesome and horrifying fate of Boeing's TWA Flight 800 passengers and crew, finding themselves falling up to 7 miles to their deaths sans parachute when their substandard Kobe Steel aluminum Boeing airplane fuselage rips apart at cruising altitude. Or a flight control actuator on their Boeing plane with the same bogus aluminum fails, sending them into uncontrolled flight to their deaths.
Boeing should be paying each and every passenger and crew on the substandard aluminum Boeing planes now in service "extreme hazard flight test pilot pay" for every flight they take on those planes, with each signing their life away legally before each flight before being allowed to board. Hopefully that would get all except those with a death wish from flying Boeing, just like the Boeing workers who build/rollerstamp Boeing airplanes abstain from flying Boeing planes.
Here's another Boeing lie from the article:
'Boeing (said it) "has been working closely and continuously with our suppliers ... to ensure timely and appropriate action, including comprehensive inspections and analysis throughout our supply chain," a spokesman said in a statement.'
However, no specific description of the numbers of inspections that were done, if any, were given by Boeing. What was probably done was just the "analysis," where a corrupt Boeing engineer furnished Boeing management and P.R. with an email that just stated "it's all good." sans appropriate evidence for such a determination.
And Boeing is notoriously opaque with letting anyone see the data, if any exists, of the purported inspections/analysis done after these news events, which encompass only a tiny portion of the myriad actual fraud in its vast network of fraud.
Crime and fraud only thrive in such secrecy, which is why Boeing is so opaque on such matters. That, as well as the extreme fear by Boeing management that any such lifting of the veil on the rampant fraud in its supply chain will knock their stock off its current status on the DOW as over 10 times overpriced from its true value, once this and other undisclosed risks, some of which are noted on this site, are priced into the stock. The reality of just how fraud riddled are Boeing's own factories and the vast network of fraud that support them, if made public, may well burst the current Boeing stock price bubble.
Also in October, in another recent exposure of a tiny portion of the massive fraud ongoing in Boeing's supplier base that I briefly noted in my 11/1/17 blog, Charles Shi, a courageous whistleblower in China who used to work for Boeing Vast Network of Fraud supplier Moog as Supply Chain Manager for Far East Asia, reported to the FAA wrongdoing at Moog and some of their Chinese suppliers.
From the linked article:
"Chinese suppliers to U.S. flight control systems maker Moog sold it poorly made parts, faked paperwork and outsourced work to a factory not approved by the company, according to an internal report by (the FAA).
In a...report dated Nov. 4, 2016 obtained by Reuters through a freedom of information request, the...(FAA) said 273 affected parts were installed in an unspecified number of Boeing 777 wing spoilers, which help slow a plane when coming in to land.
It did not identify the parts or say when they were installed. The FAA, Boeing and Moog said in the report and in emails to Reuters they posed no safety risk."
Of course they did. Boeing's business and its Vast Network of (supplier) Fraud are built upon such fraud and lies. Note that this fraud also affects the critical flight controls of Boeing airplanes, just like the Kobe Steel fraud noted above.
'Moog supplies flight control systems for commercial and military planes - an industry where supply chain traceability and material quality are highly regulated and crucial for flight safety.
In an emailed response to Reuters, the FAA said it investigated safety concerns raised by a whistleblower, Charles Shi, and substantiated two of his allegations. One was addressed and closed, and the other "remains open until the corrective action is fully implemented by Boeing and verified by the FAA." It did not elaborate.
Boeing said it and Moog "had already assessed these two issues and taken all necessary corrective actions." It stressed that "the safety of the flying public is our primary concern..."'
More lies by Boeing. I'd have to say, at least Boeing does its lying to the public and investors very well, even if everything else it produces is garbage due to its and its Vast Network of Fraud's QA fraud. Of course, Boeing's primary concern is its stock price, not the safety of the public. The safety of the public would actually be literally Boeing's last concern, if it wasn't for employee morale always taking up that place. Boeing willfully endangers the public through the massive QA fraud detailed on this site and cannot therefore remotely credibly put quality and the public safety it is supposed to ensure as anywhere near "its primary concern."
"The FAA began investigating Moog parts in March 2016 after Shi, a former Moog supply chain manager for Far East Asia, contacted its whistleblower hotline, according to Shi and copies of emails between him and the regulator.
Shi had previously raised concerns at Moog about Suzhou New Hongji Precision Parts Co Ltd (NHJ), a supplier he said had faked certificates, outsourced work and used substitute material without Moog's knowledge, according to copies of emails between Shi and his colleagues seen by Reuters..."
'"This is desperately frustrating and really means that one of the target growth suppliers in China cannot be trusted," a (Moog) SQE manager wrote in an Aug. 25 email.
In its report, the FAA concluded that NHJ outsourced parts to an unapproved supplier, and a subcontractor fabricated production records and did not follow required manufacturing processes. The FAA did not concur with Shi's allegations that NHJ used unapproved substitute material to make parts for Moog."
I've communicated with brave whistleblower Mr. Shi, as well as dealt with the same corrupt portion of the FAA he did as noted on this site, and I believe Mr. Shi, not the FAA's Boeing vast network of fraud biased conclusions.
Indeed, Mr. Shi has shown that all parts NHJ produces (at least until very recently) have no traceability to the material from which they were actually made. In my opinion, that should result in the scrapping of all parts NHJ produced for any use on aircraft or other safety critical applications, as only destructive testing could accurately determine the material type and quality those parts are actually manufactured from at this point. All Boeing airplanes or any other airplane with such suspect material/processed parts should be grounded ASAP, until all NHJ produced parts can be removed, scrapped, and replaced.
'The FAA report also said the (NHJ) subcontractor, Nantong Shenhai Industrial Technology, which was responsible for coating (the 777) parts with cadmium, baked parts for half the time it should have, and fabricated a production record...
Shi said he approached the FAA after he was laid off by Moog. The company says Shi's employment was ended as part of a "previously communicated global reorganization", and was not related to him raising issues about the supplier's quality.'
End of article.
Just as the FAA did with my report of massive Boeing QA fraud, the FAA only did a superficial/pretend investigation of what Mr. Shi reported to them, just to close the report with no significant costs to who they actually work for on the U.S. taxpayers' dime--Boeing.
Mr. Shi believes at least 500 Boeing airplanes are in service with bogus safety critical Moog parts installed on them. I think there are many more than that, because the lack of material traceability of these parts due to NHJ and Moog incompetence/fraud should render them as scrap as soon as possible. This is just more evidence that if its Boeing, you and your family and friends shouldn't be going.
Mr. Shi has appealed to the Department of Transportation's Office of Internal Governance (DOT OIG) to direct the FAA to do a real, full investigation of his report. However, as noted on this site, the DOT OIG itself is as corrupt as the FAA it pretends to oversee, so I don't hold out much hope there.
In addition to not flying Boeing, you can write your House Representative and two U.S. Senators to request them to lean on the OIG to force a real FAA investigation of Mr. Shi's report, as well as request them to have the FAA ground any Boeing airplanes with affected Moog/NHJ parts until the completion of that investigation. The lives you save by doing so should be reward enough for writing.
Also please keep whistleblower Mr. Shi's own safety in your thoughts, as people like him that expose counterfeiters in China end up dead, not just losing their jobs, like whistleblowers do in the U.S.
I plan on writing more about Mr. Shi's case in the future.
In late November, Japanese supplier Mitsubishi also admitted to falsifying inspection records/data for rubber seals and aluminum it furnished to many companies, including Boeing.
From the linked article:
'The president of Mitsubishi Materials apologized on Friday for the latest breach of quality standards to rattle corporate Japan after the company said it had falsified inspection data for components it sold to manufacturers of cars, aircraft and industrial equipment...
Mitsubishi said that when its quality inspections revealed that products fell short of those standards, it sometimes faked inspection data to make it appear as though the products met them.
Mitsubishi said it had shipped products with falsified inspection data to more than 250 customers. It did not name the customers, but the company’s products are used in a variety of industries. Boeing, which buys jet components from Mitsubishi group companies, said it was reviewing its supply chain.
“The quality and safety of our products are our highest priority,” Boeing said in an emailed statement. “Boeing is aware of media reports and is reviewing the matter, and will take timely and appropriate action as necessary...”'
That same Boeing lie again. Sad. Note that Boeing's oversight of its Vast Network of Fraud is so deficient and corrupt that Boeing now uses these media reports to do only the minimum it has to do of its FAA required oversight of its suppliers' QA systems.
Similarly, Boeing's own QA system is also effectively only interrupted from its constant Boeing management subversion by the media as well, only when the number of crashes of Boeing airplanes in the national/world news is catching too much public attention in the eyes of corrupt Boeing executives.
If Boeing planes crashing aren't in the national/world news, you can rest assured that Boeing management is hard at work, continuing to preside over the subversion of its and its Vast Network of Fraud's quality systems as noted here in order to maximize cost reduction and production flow goals, all in service to its primary/highest priority--its stock price.
"In a report published this month, Kobe Steel blamed overzealous cost-cutting, lax oversight by executives and an “insular” corporate culture that discouraged employees from questioning improper but long-established practices."
The same holds true at Boeing. Except, Boeing executives actually direct subversion of Boeing's QA system, and the "improper but long-established practices" they use to subvert Boeing's QA system is rollerstamping by Boeing QA inspectors, as well as ordering their FAA to constantly subvert their own requirements for Boeing's QA and engineering systems/departments.
"Japanese carmakers have also been hit by revelations that they cut corners in their quality controls. Nissan and Subaru acknowledged last month that they had been allowing workers who lacked certifications required by Japanese regulators to inspect vehicles produced for the Japanese market."
This portion of the article is relevant because Boeing's ultimate goal is to build the planes it almost builds like the noted Japanese car companies do, using Toyota's "Lean Manufacturing" system, which maximizes the speed of production flow and eschews any QA inspection, just like the above two Japanese companies obviously did.
If your goal is to fly on airplanes built just like the fastest built cars produced today with the least QA inspection possible, Boeing airplanes are for you.
If you want to fly in an airplane produced and inspected per aerospace standards instead of automobile standards, Airbus' airplanes are for you.
"In Mitsubishi’s case, one Mitsubishi Materials subsidiary, Mitsubishi Cable Industries, changed inspection data for rubber sealing products used in aircraft and cars, Mitsubishi Materials said. The deception began in April 2015 and continued until this year."
I assume they are referring to O-rings, which are used in many critical tubing/hose systems on Boeing planes, such as flight control and fuel systems. If so, this is another reason to make sure you fly Airbus only.
'Another subsidiary, Mitsubishi Shindoh, manipulated data on the “hardness and tensile strength” of copper strips used in automobiles, Mitsubishi Materials said, while a third, Mitsubishi Aluminum, also shipped products that did not meet customer standards.'
So aluminum from Mitsubishi may also be affected. The article isn't clear as to whether the substandard aluminum was used at Boeing, a key Mitsubishi customer. It's safer to err on the side of safety when the airplane you are considering flying on may be made from such substandard materials. Fly Airbus instead, until all fraud is removed from Boeing and its Vast Network of Fraud suppliers. I'm not sure any of us will live long enough to see that, however.
Also in late November, Toray Industries, who supplies Boeing with composite material it uses in its 777 and 787 programs, admitted that one of its subsidiaries, its Toray Hybrid Cord unit, also falsified QA data/records for eight years, from 2008 to 2016.
While Toray said such fraud only was found in records for tires and hose belts, inquiring minds should ask simply, why would you take a company willing to fabricate the most critical quality/safety data on items they produce at their word on anything at all?
From the linked article:
'The customers affected weren't named, but the company said later that the deception didn't involve materials supplied to Boeing. Toray provides the U.S. aircraft manufacturer with lightweight carbon-fiber components...and said it is investigating all of its operations...
The problem comes as Japanese companies "face pressure to meet sky-high quality specifications and unrealistic internal profit targets," the Financial Times says."'
Toray Industries obviously has no credibility, just like Boeing, as demonstrated on this site. Depending on self admitted fraudster corporation Toray Industries' so called investigation to find all of such fraud in its own operations would be negligent in the extreme. As far as I'm concerned, this disclosure places the quality/safety of all composite materials Toray Industries supplies for use on Boeing airplanes into the status of suspect nonconforming material, until an independent investigation of the quality/safety of all such material used on Boeing airplanes in the last 10 years is cleared by said investigation.
All airplanes composed of such material should be grounded for the duration of such an investigation for the safety of the passengers and crews mistakenly entrusting their lives to those defect riddled Boeing airplanes. I believe that would include all 787s in service today.
Also, because of Boeing's purposely and massively ineffective and intentionally limited oversight of its suppliers quality systems, Boeing's Production Certificate should be pulled ASAP, whether by the FAA or some other government directive until such time as all of this cancerous QA fraud within Boeing and at its suppliers can be excised completely.
In addition to restoring conformity for the first time in generations in Boeing's QA system and its related supplier oversight responsibilities, this long past due pulling of Boeing's Production Certificate would hopefully reduce Boeing's stock price from its current 10X or more overvalued status, back down closer to its true value--$25 a share or less, dealing a financial blow to the Boeing managers/executives behind this fraud.
Some unbiased organization, which leaves out Boeing and its FAA, needs to independently investigate all these companies' operations, as well as every other company in Boeing's Vast Network of Fraud supplier network, as this massive fraud shows without doubt that neither Boeing or its FAA are performing their oversight of these companies, and in the FAA's case, failing massively and continuously to oversee the integrity, extent, and frequency of Boeing's oversight of its Vast Network of Fraud.
In summary, the above falsification of QA data/records in a relatively small area of Boeing's Vast Network of Fraud over such a small period of time--only a couple months--shows that Boeing's obviously unregulated supplier base has become dangerously riven with massive QA fraud, just like Boeing itself.
If the FAA operated ethically in this situation like the Center for Disease control would if such a massive cluster of cancer or Ebola broke out in the world, it would "quarantine" Boeing's supplier base and production lines by pulling Boeing's Production Certificate and grounding any airplanes made with the above suspect parts/materials until this obviously life threatening Boeing management allowed/directed cancer of fraud can be completely and finally excised permanently.
But the FAA is corrupt as noted above and throughout this site.
Don't risk flying on substandard quality part/material riddled Boeing almost built and rarely inspected airplanes. Fly Airbus, and spread the word. Write your Representative and Senators as noted. The FAA and Boeing are now so corrupt that they both are an imminent public threat that must reformed immediately/put out of business.
What is horrifically apparent from the above is the fact that Boeing's own rollerstamping falsification of QA records has spread from Boeing's factories throughout its supplier base so completely that even the quality and safety of the raw materials Boeing airplanes are almost built from are now corrupted so completely that new reports of such Boeing corruption allowed supplier fraud are coming out multiple times in a month.
Has this Boeing/FAA corruption enabled QA fraud finally reached bottom now that even the quality/safety of the raw materials in Boeing airplanes have been corrupted/subverted by it?
Don't bet on it. Make sure if its Boeing, you and yours aren't going, at least for the next decade. The required reforms at Boeing and the FAA will likely take at least that long, in the unlikely case they were to begin anytime soon.
Don't forget to comment on this post, if you wish to, by clicking on the little "Comments" blue link at the top or bottom of this post, or if you wish to contact me privately for any reason, click here or on the "About/Contact Me" navigation button at the very top of the page and fill out the "Contact Me" form at the bottom of the page.
You don't have to enter your name or contact info if you want to remain anonymous to me for some reason. I'm especially interested in hearing about your own experiences with Boeing and/or FAA fraud, or their other crimes, ethical breaches, or other type of misconduct.
The Last Inspector