Original Date: 04/28/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Manufacturing Process Development
Lockheed Martin recently instituted a change in how new or revised Manufacturing Processes (Mps) are introduced in the manufacturing arena. This process provides a methodology for a systematic approach to process development. Prior to making this change, Lockheed Martin followed the traditional approach of new process introduction where product/process matching was not normally performed, interim process reviews were not conducted, nor were estimated standards/cycle times developed concurrently with the process .
Recognizing a need for change, personnel at Lockheed Martin have developed and tested an approach that is disciplined and systematic for instituting a new or revised MP. Key characteristics of the process and product are cross-checked; process capabilities are analyzed; process validation is performed before turning the process over to production; and steps are added to ensure constant process reviews.
Since instituting this change, Lockheed Martin personnel maintain that the success of introducing new or revised MPs has greatly increased while driving down process developmental costs and enhancing schedule performance.
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