Increasing revenue is generally the general manager’s top thought. It’s seemingly the only lifeline to a sustainable enterprise. However, the other side of the equation is managing the risk of losing existing cash streams. For the most part, preceding such losses are multiple times of failing to meet customer expectations. This “longer” time frame gives management time to react, develop, and implement a get-well plan.
Typically, however, the sudden loss of a revenue stream is not part of the company’s risk management plan. Maybe it should be when one of your streams is tied to PCBs fabricated to MIL-PRF-31032, and just maybe, the counter risk action might be as simple as periodic recognition.
The topic for this month’s military column is the function of the Technical Review Board (TRB) as it pertains to MIL-PRF-31032 (military requirements for printed wiring board fabrication). The TRB’s duties and responsibilities are the glue that connects the dots between the site, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and the associated military revenue stream. Understanding these duties will help with resource allocation, general support, site priorities, and, most importantly, yearly re-certification to MIL-PRF-31032.
The TRB Defined
The site forms a team of in-house experts to make decisions regarding printed board acceptability and certification. The TRB is a cross-functional team made up of responsible individuals selected from the different areas covered by the quality management (QM) program for MIL-PRF-31032. The TRB assumes full responsibility for managing the QM program. Thus, the TRB is the mechanism that the qualifying activity (DLA) uses to reduce oversight. The TRB members must be identified by name and title. Since the TRB will be making important decisions about qualified materials product list (QML), a method for making decisions (majority rules, unanimous approval, etc.) must be documented. Other aspects of the TRB operation must also be described, such as how often the TRB meets to evaluate the status of the QM program, the standard meeting structure, and how records of these meetings are maintained.
To read this entire column, which appeared in the March 2020 issue of PCB007 Magazine, click here.