CALS: The Quality Revolution in Information


Carpenter, C.L., Jr.   (1991, ASQC)   General Dynamics, Convair Division, San Diego, CA

Annual Quality Congress, Milwaukee WI    Vol. 45    No. 0
QICID: 9735    May 1991    pp. 746-751
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Article Abstract

The objectives of the Computer-aided Acquisition and Logistics Support (CALS) program initiated by Department of Defense (DoD) and the aerospace industry were to enable and accelerate the integration of digital technical information for systems acquisition, design, manufacture, and support. CALS will allow authorized parties to access controlled and secure technical databases and manage technical data related to the weapon system life cycle.

The strategy involved two phases. The goal of Phase I was to move from paper-intensive processes to the development of standards for integrated systems to transfer digital information among dissimilar computer systems; the long-term objective of Phase I was to develop the standards and technology necessary to establish an integrated weapon system database (IWSDB). The goal of Phase II, developed in parallel with Phase I, was to access and manage data within a distributed data base; the long term objective of the Phase II control architecture was to establish independent data standards that support many different functional standards and that can be automated according to various technical standards that evolve over time.

CALS implementation will result in the use of data exchange standards and related information technology, causing far-reaching changes that will lead to significant savings.


Procurement,Computers,Concurrent engineering,Cost management,Department of Defense (DOD),Process improvement,Total Quality Management (TQM),Aerospace industry

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