Brighton Cromwell’s valued adding engineering services has saved the US DOD thousands of dollars on a number of ground and tactical vehicle parts, kits, and components. Brighton Cromwell achieves these costs savings and reduced logistics response times (LRT) in part through utilization of the DoD’s Replenish Parts Purchase or Borrow (RPPOB) and via commercial acquisition to ensure baseline compliance and in new product development (NPD) cycle.
The new product development cycle includes identification and stratification of NPD goal items. Goal items are identified to:
- Create competition in the case of sole source items
- Reduce government/taxpayers costs when clearly identified parts, kits, or component cost drivers can be controlled
- To increase available sources of supply to mitigate the reduction in the industrial base resulting from:
- Reduced competitive acquisitions
- Continued expansion within the largest defense contractors market.
Efforts to reduce costs, increase competition, and support the industrial base are among the prime goals of the various Better Buying Power (BBP-BBPIII) initiatives. Savings are based on quantifiable hard cost savings calculated using cost/cost driver variances and both historic and forecasted demand quantities.
Engineering services utilized in the NPD cycle include validation of authenticity of:
- The base available drawing and/or revision
- Reverse engineering capabilities
- Component and item destructives
- Stress testing
- Metallurgy analysis
- Design engineering
- Prototype creations and development
- Quality assurance testing
- Creation of applicable technical development packages (TDP).
Brighton Cromwell also identifies, validates, and performs quality audits on potential contract subcontractors, develops, audits, and reviews source approval request (SAR) packages, and completes cost/benefit analysis based on internally approved outputs from the NPD cycle.