Producibility measurement is a
critical part of the design process!
There has to be day-to-day, even hour-by-hour, interaction among all the
players on the proposal and subsequent development and production teams. Design
and manufacturing must work together and with the other members of the proposal
team. They have to be in an environment that not only encourages but actually
Interaction is not very good when Tom has to remember Sue or Joe's phone
number on the opposite side of the plant or when he has to go to another
building to see them.
The name of the game is communication.
That means collocation, preferably in an area without too many private
offices and high partitions. People should be able to see each other and easily
move from one person's desk to another's. The environment should promote
one-to-one and small group exchanges of information and consultations.
Producibility measurement can't occur in a vacuum.
Interaction and familiarity between the members of the proposal team - with
manufacturing capabilities, supply sources, software and hardware development
challenges, systems integration problems, etc. - breeds; and what it breeds is
success in competing for contracts and supplying the military the best equipment
If subcontractors are supplying key components of your program, especially if
those components involve new technology and products, then it would seem
reasonable that you should expect them to have employed a meaningful
producibility measurement program.
And if you are a sub, it follows that being able to demonstrate careful
producibility measurement enhances your attractiveness to a prime.
In the next modules are checklists for managers in industry and DoD to guide
them in assuring that their respective organizations are aware of the importance
of producibility measurement and are working to measure the producibility of the
products being offered and evaluated.