Hughes MSG has put in place major directive documents requiring products designed by MSG be evaluated for testability assessment. Projects are being evaluated for test thoroughness and fault isolation testing. Hughes MSG's general design for testability philosophy centers on reviewing circuits and making recommendations for incorporating testability criteria before designs are frozen. An important element of this philosophy is MSG's concern for developing commonality in automated test equipment between the development and production phases of a program.
In addition, Hughes has created a testability panel consisting of personnel from engineering, logistics support, producibility, factory operations, and standards. The panel serves as a forum for discussing testability problems, lessons learned, and recommendations for improving techniques. The panel also provides consulting services to projects/programs throughout MSG.