Original Date: 05/08/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Logistics Support Analysis
McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA)-St. Louis has made significant changes to its Logistics Support Analysis (LSA) process since 1992. This LSA analytical engineering effort brings together design and support concepts during the systems engineering process. LSA processes within MDA-St. Louis have been systematically enhanced (Figure 2-24) to include all product analysis pertinent to supporting the customer and products in the field. LSA is performed as an integrated product team activity and takes into consideration both life cycle cost and overall affordability. The changes that MDA-St. Louis instituted have centered on personnel skills requirement and an integrated system environment. As a result of the LSA enhancement, MDA-St. Louis has been recognized by both the Price-Waterhouse Benchmark Project 2000 and the Aerospace Industries Association’s benchmark project.
MDA-St. Louis used the SLIC-2B, a time-phased approach to migrate from four dissimilar LSA systems to a single integrated one. This system serves as the single database for logistics data and delivery, and represents a key factor in MDA’s successful LSA enhancement. Also, as a result of a MDA-St. Louis initiative on personnel LSA skills, multiskilled logisticians perform life cycle system support. Tasks are performed in less time and with higher level of quality.
MDA-St. Louis participated with 41 aerospace companies in a common benchmark effort developed, deployed, and graded by Price Waterhouse. In “Lessons Learned,” MDA-St. Louis LSA received six of six possible points and was rated by Price Waterhouse as Best-of-Class. The MDA-St. Louis Logistics Engineers represented on the Integrated Product Teams received five of six possible points and were among the best. The Trade-off Studies/Failure modes used in systems design also received five of six possible points.
The Aerospace Industries Association similarly conducted a benchmark project for LSA with 250 companies, 56 of which were defense-related. The Association identified MDA-St. Louis LSA strengths in four areas such as the disciplined implementation of MIL-STD-1388 1A/2A/2B. MDA-St. Louis was considered the best in this area. The second was alternative methods to deploy LSA, and a third area was consistently meeting or exceeding customer requirements. The fourth category was in excellent automated deployment of MIL-STD requirements.
Figure 2-24. LSA Migration Strategy
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