Technology Today

2012 Issue 1

Unleashing the Power of Raytheon Manufacturing Through PRISM

Process Re-invention Integrating Systems for Manufacturing (PRISM) is the operations and logistics component of Raytheon’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. The solution is built upon a set of common business processes, which are enabled by an SAP® software tool. PRISM accelerates and simplifies the manufacturing life cycle from planning to execution by integrating our supply chain, operations and quality data, processes and workflows into a single business solution. PRISM is also integrated with APEX (Achieving Process Excellence), Raytheon’s financial instantiation of the SAP tool, and will be integrated with Common Product Data Management (PDM), Raytheon’s tool for managing engineering product data, to ensure a tight coupling of our design, operational and financial data and processes.

By integrating business processes — and the related data — into a single business solution coupled with other enterprisewide business tools, PRISM facilitates the flow of information across the product life cycle (Figure 1). The tighter integration of design, execution and management functions enables increased productivity, which drives greater affordability into the solutions we deliver to our customers.

Figure 1

In addition, PRISM provides leading-edge capabilities that help us plan and execute with more precision. For example, PRISM provides increased visibility into our material needs across the company, allowing us to aggregate requirements and achieve greater buying efficiency. When deployed, PRISM’s capacity planning functionality will provide an automated method for measuring our ability to meet requirements by comparing the available capacity — labor and machine run time — to the planned load, down to the work center level. This capability will optimize factory schedules and improve production flow. By providing early visibility into areas of concern, capacity planning will enable us to respond to production peaks and valleys, resulting in shorter lead and cycle times and improvements in overall program schedule performance.

“PRISM is a powerful enabler for our co pany,” says Luis Izquierdo, vice president of Corporate Operations and chair of the PRISM Executive Steering Committee. “The enhanced planning and execution capabilities it provides places Raytheon at the forefront of operational excellence, and positions us well for the future.”

A Key Building Block in the Design Anywhere, Build Anywhere, Support Anywhere Vision

Because it is a common solution being deployed domestically across the company, PRISM is a key component of Raytheon’s Design Anywhere, Build Anywhere, Support Anywhere vision. This strategic vision aims to create an environment that is geography and business agnostic: where an innovative, affordable solution can easily be designed on one coast, manufactured on another, and supported anywhere because the company is using common processes and tools. This enterprise alignment allows the company to expand its resource surge capability to meet workforce demands created by new business opportunities.

Benefits to Our People, Our Company and Our Customers

PRISM provides employees with an integrated toolset and best-in-class processes for completing tasks efficiently and effectively. It helps employees find data quickly and share information easily. It also enhances employees’ professional growth by arming them with transferable skills to support programs and organizations throughout the company without additional training, making job rotations easier. In addition, because PRISM collects information about our products from design to manufacturing to field support, it provides the platform for more effective collaboration across the product life cycle, enabling employees to better understand the up- and downstream impacts of their actions and decisions.

For example, once deployed, PRISM’s integration with Common PDM, Raytheon’s companywide tool for managing product data, performing initial releases and maintaining product configurations will help ensure a stronger partnership between engineering and manufacturing. Common PDM and PRISM’s ability to pass data back and forth seamlessly in near real time will help ensure the engineering bill of materials and manufacturing bill of materials remain in synch when changes are made either on the design or production side. This real-time visibility into design changes will greatly reduce rework and reinforce the need to design for producibility.

PRISM improves our overall execution by providing processes and tools that enable more predictable performance. PRISM’s integration of data ensures access to information in near real time, no matter where the data may have originated. PRISM continually checks data in one part of the system against others, ensuring referential integrity and resulting in greater accuracy. The availability of accurate, timely data allows early identification of issues, enabling proactive measures to mitigate risk. Accurate and timely data, along with better planning, scheduling and workflow management tools, allows more effective utilization of enterprise resource capacity, reduces lead times and minimizes waste.

The automation, process discipline and data transparency provided by PRISM reduce time spent on data collection, consolidation and coordination. Resources are better focused on meeting customers’ needs. The process discipline provided by PRISM equates to reduced variability, improved data accuracy, improved traceability and more efficient use of resources. This enhances our ability to meet customer expectations regarding quality, delivery and cost.

A Vision for the Future

PRISM is just one element of the larger Design Anywhere, Build Anywhere, Support Anywhere vision that is being brought to life to help employees share data seamlessly, find information quickly and collaborate effectively across the product life cycle. Its value will be maximized when it is tightly integrated with the other enterprise solutions being put in place across Raytheon, such as APEX and Common PDM, to optimize the transparency, control, management and predictability of our performance. As the PRISM journey continues, additional capabilities will be added to the solution’s current suite that align with the company’s Vision, Strategy, Goals and Values.


Heather Bonarrigo

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