Spares Competition - Boosting Quality Awareness

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Bresnick, Stuart D.; Funke, William H.   (1990, ASQC)   General Atomics, San Diego, CA

Annual Quality Congress, San Francisco, CA    Vol. 44    No. 0
QICID: 9498    May 1990    pp. 488-493
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Article Abstract

This paper reviews the government process to approve alternate sources in the procurement of spare parts for aircraft engines. The paper focuses on the "Breakout" program, where the government is qualifying alternate sources for critical engine parts which they previously purchased only from the prime engine contractors. These parts with demanding quality and technical requirements require pre-approval of sources before their bids can be considered.

Benefits of the program, difficulties facing the government and new suppliers, and the process of source approval are reviewed. A critical part of the overall process is the evaluation of a source's quality program and the ability of that program to provide a high level of assurance that the supplier will be a successful contractor. An unplanned benefit of the Breakout program has been the heightened quality awareness and upgraded quality programs of the spare parts manufacturing community, and the opportunity to implement DoD's policy of Total Quality Management.

Keywords

Defense industry,Department of Defense (DOD),Customer supplier relationships


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