The Aerospace Corporation El Segundo United States
As new technologies are implemented in manufacturing areas, inspection processes will be affected. Often because product quality has increased or automated inspection equipment has been introduced, the inspection activity may be reduced or eliminated. In many cases a disciplined process is needed to evaluate performance data against risk to determine if this change is warranted. A tool has been developed using an Excel spreadsheet with an imbedded checklist, which will guide users through a series of decision points to make a determination if a change is warranted. The approach attempts to answer the question How can inspection practices be identified, reviewed, and updated to keep up with technological changes, trend results, facility changes, etc. This tool uses relevant manufacturing data to assist the users in making practical decision for reducing inspection.