Original Date: 09/14/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Streamlining Interconnect Test Requirements
Per Raytheon Missile Systems Company (RMSC) specifications, all interconnect products purchased for production use were required to undergo Group B and/or Group C testing. The company, however, began examining these test requirements as an acquisition reform initiative. After reviewing the process, RMSC determined that these tests were non-value added procedures which lengthened the lead-times for interconnects purchased for production use. Historical data from these tests also indicated that the suppliers of the interconnects had optimized the design of these parts, and implemented manufacturing process controls to ensure that the interconnects would perform to RMSC’s requirements.
In February 1998, RMSC began waiving Group B and/or Group C testing requirements for interconnect products used on all programs. By streamlining these requirements, the company reduced the costs and lead times associated with procuring interconnect products. As of August 1998, RMSC achieved a cost savings of more than $80,000.
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