The military depot environment can be representative of a contractor's
manufacturing facility. Although the depots typically do not fabricate entire
systems as do their industrial counterparts, they do perform major structural
repairs on severely damaged aircraft, or implement Engineering Change
Proposals. Depots also perform complex repairs on systems and components of
systems which in many cases require reverse engineering. Since these depots
are similar to a manufacturing facility, consideration should be given to
include military depots within producibility engineering guidelines.
Depots are currently re-evaluating their internal
processes, and significant reductions in life cycle costs could occur if in
the early design stages, the PDTR development were to consider depot equipment
capabilities for the projected fielded systems, or those already fielded, as
shown in Figure E.16. The depots could play a key role by submitting their PDTRs at the
onset of a development program, thereby ensuring that their facilities could
provide depot repairs at substantially reduced costs.