PP&C: Production, Planning, and Control
If you are a manufacturer providing product to the Department of Defense (DOD), you will most likely experience surveillance activity from the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). As per the DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement), you are required to have some type of PP&C. Whether it is a formal ERP system with many functional areas supporting the processes, or whether you are a smaller Mom and Pop job shop, you need to have a plan, follow the plan, and monitor your performance.
PP&C processes span from long term planning and strategic initiatives to accommodate government contracts, through your tactical activities, and finally into your operational performance. Requirements in the DFARS task DCMA to review risks that may make contracted items late, lead to substandard performance, or allow quality to suffer.
You can mitigate any negative PP&C performance review by understanding how DCMA reviews this process and evaluates risk.
Dr. Cynthia Kalina-Kaminsky, Process & Strategy’s President, trains DCMA personnel in how to understand industry’s PP&C manufacturing processes and metrics. She also holds industry recognized certifications such as APICS CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) and CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional). Let her help you understand what DCMA will be reviewing and how to achieve low risk ratings via DCMA’s manufacturing systems risk assessment (MSRA).