DSMC POC: Manufacturing Management Department; (703) 805-3763
Manufacturing (also referred
to as Production) is the conversion of raw materials into products and/or
components through a series of manufacturing procedures and processes.
is the technique of planning, organizing, directing, controlling,
and integrating the use of people, money, materials, equipment, and facilities to accomplish the
manufacturing task economically.
An Acquisition Strategy outlines the approach to obtaining a certain amount
of a product or system, within a planned time frame and funding. The desired
product or system has to be manufactured/produced, to a quality level that
provides confidence the system will perform as advertised. The Production
Strategy is the approach to obtaining the total quantity of the system, at
some rate, for some cost. The Production Strategy must match up with the
The role of Manufacturing during the "pre-production" period is to influence
the design of the subsystems and system, and to prepare for production. Once
production has been authorized, the role of manufacturing is to execute the
manufacturing plan. The overall objective of Manufacturing is to provide a
uniform, defect-free product with consistent performance, and a lower cost in
terms of both time and money.
The focus of manufacturing "pre-production" efforts is
to assure the system/subsystem designs are producible, and that the "factory
floors" in the Supply Chain that will produce the items are properly
characterized. These efforts are to: identify the needed manufacturing
resources and capabilities, the "5Ms"; the risks associated with providing them; and insure that those
risks are addressed as part of the overall Program Risk Management
The Manufacturing Plan is a formal description of a method for employing
the facilities, tooling, and personnel resources to produce the design. The
manufacturing plan must insure that the items produced reflect the design
intent, that the processes are repeatable, and that process improvements are
Industrial Capability Assessment (ICA): A legal requirement (10 USC
2440) at each milestone to analyze the industrial capability to design, develop,
produce, support, and (if appropriate) restart the program.
The "5Ms" are: Manpower, Materials, Machinery, Methods, and
Measurement. These are five major elements of all manufacturing and production
efforts, and are referred to during resource requirements risk identification
Supply Chain: All organizations directly associated with the flow and
transformation of materials and related information, from source to end user.
Variation Control: Identification of key process and product
characteristics, and reduction/elimination of significant differences from the nominal
values of those characteristics - so that those differences would not
cause unacceptable degradation in product cost, quality, delivery schedule, or
Process Proofing: Demonstration of all 5Ms of the required
manufacturing capability, in a realistic, production-representative facility.
Design Producibility: A measure of the relative ease of
manufacturing a product design. Emphasis is on simplicity of design and
reduction in opportunities for variation during fabrication, assembly,
integration and testing of components, processes, and procedures.
Lean: A fundamental way of thinking, intended to enable
flexibility and waste reduction- in order to reduce costs,
cycle time, and defective products--by focusing on those actions which will provide
value to the end-item customer
e-Mfg: The use of the Internet and all other electronic means to
manage the entire manufacturing enterprise.