Original Date: 09/14/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Purchased Material Inspection
In 1994, Raytheon Missile Systems Company (RMSC) developed an automated Purchased Material Inspection (PMI) system which can capture inspection/test requirements and results. This system operates at minimal cost, and creates a common focus and plan for component inspection and test information.
RMSC’s system consists of modules that record inspection/test requirements and results, as well as defect material results and resolutions. Other functions include scheduling material to MRP requirements, and providing inquiry capability for individual programs by contract. The PMI system uses COTS software, and replaces an in-house developed system that required extensive continual support. RMSC estimates its annual savings at more than $6,600.
The PMI system is managed and administered at one source, but has been implemented at various offsite facilities. This arrangement reduces cycle times by two days. Communication with legacy systems also exists. The PMI system is adjustable to changing business practices, provides accountability of quality material, and details the efficiency of the receiving and inspection/test processes at RMSC.
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