Original Date: 02/01/1991
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Stock Sweep Focus Team
The management focus team that directs and controls stock sweeps presents an excellent example of Litton Guidance and Control Systems Division’s (GCSD’s) use of teams. This team is comprised of senior management personnel from the functional areas and focuses on all issues affecting the parts quality and reliability in the plant from “womb- to-tomb.” The team’s objectives are continuous improvement in the effectiveness of stock sweeps and reducing the number of stock sweeps.
The team has developed a formidable process which cuts across all organizational lines. It uses a low threshold triggering mechanism that ensures problems are identified and addressed within hours of discovery. Each problem is evaluated and verified before stock sweep action and higher management involvement is initiated. Within five working days, an action plan is developed, responsibilities assigned, and a technical coordinator is appointed. A closed-loop feedback system is used to ensure continuous status reporting and tracking. Effectiveness of the stock sweep is measured for continuous improvement records, and lessons learned are integrated into database records.
The system for measuring stock sweep efficiency and assessing improvement is a crucial feature of the process. Since 1987, the stock sweep focus team process has greatly improved the effectiveness of stock sweeps and reduced the number of stock sweeps by approximately 50%.
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