Excerpt from Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine:
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio, 12 May 2016. U.S. Air Force researchers are asking industry for new anti-tamper technologies to help safeguard U.S. military weapon systems from exploitation, reverse engineering, technology theft, and countermeasures.
Officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, issued a broad agency announcement Wednesday (BAA-AFLCMCXZZ-2016-0001) for the AFLCMC/XZZ Anti-Tamper program.
Companies that supply components and complete systems for military and defense electronics are facing ever increasing challenges with meeting regulatory requirements such as the ones referenced above from May 12. Regulations such as this not only affect the design and packaging of components and systems but the engineering, ERP, and business systems that are used to design and build these products.
Companies that do not have in place proper and secure engineering and ERP systems will end up adding manual processes, compensating security steps to their design and fabrication methods with will result in increased costs – and more critically, increased risk of missing steps in the process.
Organizations that adopt contemporary and effective solutions for their Engineering and ERP business control systems will be better able to remain competitive and deliver on time the required solutions to meet the above regulatory requirements. Let’s take a look at how the Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) ERP solution can enable Aerospace and Defense Electronics companies meet these needs.
Starting with tightly controlled engineering product lifecycle solutions to control all access and design of the product from initial engineering design, prototypes and all engineering changes that occur in the product. Using the Infor PLM Accelerate powered by ARAS, design control is maintained along with product management, change management, through to production Bill of resources to insure proper manufacturing. Infor PLM Accelerate is directly integrated into the Infor CloudSuite Industrial for A&D Electronics ERP solution to streamline design for manufacturability and control.
Within the CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) ERP software system, access controls as to who can see critical information to support ITAR and other regulations is supported. Sourcing via approved vendors with critical vendor quality checks is supported and assists in building up the component resources. Cost controls at every step of the sourcing process are maintained.
Once into production, the ability to plan and schedule production to insure proper delivery when needed is handled within the Infor CloudSuite ERP system. Quality control plans, SPC data collection, and real-time shop floor data is controlled and maintained. Shop floor drawings and production information is presented on screen so that controlled documents don’t have to be printed, or have the chance of information leaking into the wrong hands.
Once production is complete, final Quality checks can be made and recorded in perpetuity. Post sales service down to the serialized components is maintained.
Above all and throughout all phases of design and fabrication, full audit trails are maintained to see exactly who did what, and when it was done. CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) ERP is a fully integrated and secure system to enable your company to better align to required security and design requirements without additional costs and risk.
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