Original Date: 06/23/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Contractor Supplied Material to Paladin Production Line
Repair parts supplied to the Paladin line require delivery in correct configuration, number, and type so production is not impeded. The former process delivered kits to each mechanic. At times, the kits did not contain all required parts or were non-conforming to specifications.
The prime contractor, United Defense, Limited Partnership (UDLP), established a three-tier system for parts: expensive, unique, or pilferable; brackets and fixtures; and common hardware. UDLP supplies all required parts that are unique to the contractor, and created a 10% reorder point (ROP) on most items. For expensive or pilferable items, the ROP may be only one. The contractor owns all of the "bench stock" material, but the installation is responsible for the physical control of the inventory. Periodic inventories and reviews of usage, loss, and damage keep UDLP informed of supply problems before they impact production. The former method used a kit system that was supplied to each mechanic at his bay. This method took resources to build the kits and deliver them to the site. Mixed results occurred when the kits contained shortages or damaged parts. Under the new method, UDLP is responsible for the correct number of items being on the line at the right time ensuring an unencumbered flow.
The new process has been in place since 1994, and after initial resistance, appears to be working well. Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) continues to supply the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) parts to the line, and UDLP seems to have resolved the support problems of the past.
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