Boeing Stresses Quality Management, Engineering Accountability to Space Suppliers.
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The leaders of the Boeing (NYSE NYSE
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The BMAR, which was chaired by Dr. Sheila Widnall Sheila Evans Widnall is an American aerospace researcher and Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She served as United States Secretary of the Air Force between 1993 and 1997, making her the first woman to lead an entire branch of the US military in , former Secretary of the Air Force and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, was chartered by Boeing to review the company's expendable launch vehicle programs and make recommendations to improve mission success.
The review board recommended that Boeing increase its focus on launch vehicle quality in every phase, from design through manufacturing to operations, in the belief that a strong quality-first focus will lead to increased reliability at reduced cost. Other recommendations were made in areas such as systems engineering, engineering accountability, supplier management, flight instrumentation and post-flight analysis.
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Some of the critical BMAR recommendations are:
-- Quality must be the company's highest priority
-- As part of system engineering, increase emphasis on horizontal
integration across vehicle subsystems and organizational elements
-- Modify internal procedures to require "closure" (understanding and
intent) between design engineering and manufacturing
-- Ensure that a formal procedure exists to evaluate the need for
re-qualification of flight-critical elements after design changes
-- Require suppliers of flight-critical hardware to implement the same
management and configuration control disciplines that Boeing uses as
-- Increase emphasis on failure risk management and independent reviews
-- Clarify responsibility and accountability within program organizations
including certification of component and system responsible engineers
From the BMAR recommendations, Boeing established a mandatory certification program for all suppliers of flight-critical launch vehicle hardware. Certification requires training and quality improvements, which will be reviewed as part of the process. Suppliers are required to complete the certification process by December 31, 2000.
"To become BMAR certified, we are asking our suppliers to help us address the concerns raised by the BMAR committee," Ross said. "The intent is not to make it more difficult to work with Boeing, but to manage our supply chain consistently."