Engineering Release Process Owner

McQueenster

Starting to get Involved
Hi all, I'm new to this forum and have a question I'm hoping someone can help with.

I'm now in a position where I'm reviewing the processes for a smaller business and have a question regarding the engineering release process. ( The process where the product design is handed over to manufacturing). Historically this process has been owned by operations which makes sense to me as they are the gatekeeper to ensure only manufacturable products with a complete datapack are transferred. I wanted to hear is anyone has a different view on this process ownership.

In my previous roles Engineering owned the ECR process and Manufacturing owned the ECO process.
 

John Broomfield

Leader
Super Moderator
McQueenster,

Release is an event, an instant in time. It is not a process.

If design and manufacturing are both part of operations then operations will decide.

But the owner of the design process should decide on the release of product and process design information when the design is verified and validated.

Of course, manufacturing is involved in this process.

John
 

McQueenster

Starting to get Involved
Thanks John,

I agree with your assessment that the release itself is a single point in time. However the engineering change request (ECR) and engineering change order (ECO) processes are the drivers for this event.

In my opinion, processes should only have one owner, if there are two owners then the process needs to be untangled into processes that have only one owner.

To clarify my question, is the ECR process usually owned by engineering and the ECO process owned by operations (manufacturing)?

Cheers
McQueenster
 

John Broomfield

Leader
Super Moderator
Thanks John,

I agree with your assessment that the release itself is a single point in time. However the engineering change request (ECR) and engineering change order (ECO) processes are the drivers for this event.

In my opinion, processes should only have one owner, if there are two owners then the process needs to be untangled into processes that have only one owner.

To clarify my question, is the ECR process usually owned by engineering and the ECO process owned by operations (manufacturing)?

Cheers
McQueenster

McQueenster,

In my experience the ECR is initiated by those experiencing difficulty with the design.

Once this difficulty is resolved it results in an ECO. The ECO is also issued with other "permanent" design changes and for the original issue of the drawings and specifications.

As such both the forms would be owned by Engineering as part of their design change control process.

Controlling nonconforming product would tie-in to this process for resolving dispositions: use-as-is and repair.

John
 

normzone

Trusted Information Resource
It all depends on how the team you're playing with is structured.

I've seen engineering own it all, and I've seen manufacturing take the handoff at a point and finish it themselves.

I'd advocate that manufacturing gets to define what the deliverables are. If they can get engineering to do all of that work, wonderful.

If not, or if they want to format some of the deliverables in more detail than engineering can be bothered with, then they get to finish it on their own, as long as the final product meets engineering's approval.

ECR usually belongs to manufacturing, ECO to engineering. But processes rarely have one owner in the small arenas I play in. Processes cross department lines when you play for a small team.
 
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