Producibility Element Highlighted:
Understand Current Process Capabilities (Company and Supplier)
Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems (LMTAS) in Ft. Worth, Texas determined that previous producibility information was normally process-based. For example, although a certain machine could hold a certain tolerance, the conditions or attributes of the design would affect what tolerance the machine could hold. Consequently, LMTAS found it needed to thoroughly categorize those factors affecting machine capabilities.
Using an Intranet program, LMTAS users can now choose from Process Characteristic, Tool Type, Material, Material Form, and Part Family categories. The user can know all or some of these attributes, and the system
will interactively limit the choices. The user then submits the inputs, and the program reads the database and supplies the exact capability information based on the attributes chosen. This data provides statistical process control
history; recommended tolerance; rules associated with the key characteristic; notes associated with the process; links to company, industry, or government standards or specifications; and tables or other illustrations.