Original Date: 08/07/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Process Quality Assurance
Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems (LMTAS) teamed quality assurance and manufacturing personnel and developed a Process Quality Assurance Organization in a non-traditional approach to solving quality issues. This organization is comprised of planning, engineering, manufacturing, quality, and manufacturing engineering personnel. The team has the responsibilities of eliminating or minimizing causes of non-conformance and developing corrective actions that identify necessary actions, assigning implementation activities, and establishing completion dates.
The teams are also responsible for verifying the effectiveness of the corrective actions taken. Teams are collocated on the production floor to support manufacturing and to offer production personnel product expertise and quick problem resolution for a specific aspect of tactical aircraft manufacturing.
LMTAS staffs, maintains, and conducts Material Review Boards (MRBs) for disposition on non-conformance products. However, since the implementation of its Process Quality Assurance Organization, its MRB processing time has been reduced by 266%. This almost instantaneous resolution allows manufacturing to maintain less work in process and enhance schedule compliance which also reduces cost.
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