Original Date: 09/14/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Raytheon Electronics Packaging Consortium
Raytheon Missile Systems Company (RMSC) developed a collaborative organization to leverage the broad range of electronic packaging resources available across the Raytheon corporation. Previously, each Raytheon division relied on its in-house staff for engineering knowledge. Pressures on available discretionary funds hindered internal development of all the packaging technologies required by RMSC product lines. With the establishment of the Raytheon Electronics Packaging Consortium (REPC), the corporation can draw from a larger technical engineering resource to achieve competitive designs and cost savings.
REPC consists of representatives and senior executives from Raytheon business units. All electronic packaging and new business investment projects within RMSC are grouped and managed under the REPC umbrella. REPC’s guiding principles consist of customer satisfaction, competitiveness, quality/reliability, and product enabler. The consortium’s functions include identifying current packaging capabilities; communicating packaging capabilities and key technologies throughout the corporation; facilitating roadmap development; providing a means for information exchange among Raytheon Centers of Excellence and Engineering; and linking packaging investments to strategic systems goals.
REPC enables RMSC to gain access to projects in other Raytheon business units via direct sharing, workshops, and technical reviews. Shared membership costs in external consortia allow RMSC to participate in commercial surface mount infrastructure development, and to continuously view commercial packaging trends and roadmaps. This approach has been extremely useful in validating the corporation’s technical plans. REPC also provides RMSC with a 10:1 leverage, returning $10 in resources for every $1 invested. RMSC’s consortium model can be applied to any technology development function or organizational structure which must work across business segments, business units, or programs.
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