Original Date: 08/07/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Variability Reduction
The objective of the Variability Reduction (VR) process at Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems (LMTAS) is to improve the quality of products and services by minimizing variations in their manufacturing processes. This VR process is becoming institutionalized within the company, and it provides a set of tools and procedures that can be used to successfully achieve VR. A team has been formed to help define requirements, provide awareness training, and support implementation on specific programs and throughout the supplier base. The team is lead by research and engineering.
At the company level, a standard practice requires VR be applied to all new programs. At the department level instructions are provided on how to satisfy VR requirements. Awareness efforts include the use of posters, videotapes, surveys, newsletters, and seminars. Support provided by the VR team includes development and publishing of a VR Guidebook, conducting from all training classes, distributing VR tool brochures, and providing consultants to facilitators. Implementation efforts have included widespread use throughout design phases, a VR requirement in the F-22 program contract, a supplier Statistical Process Control (SPC) certification program and widespread use of SPC throughout manufacturing on the F-16 program.
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