Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2011 Contents The PCCI Clause will provide a useful
and straightforward tool for the Army's
future acquisition strategies, with the
desired clarity and flexibility of require-
ments for hundreds of DOD contractors.
The current SPC Clause requires the
contractor to use SPC as a process-
monitoring methodology. While SPC is
valid, its requirements are outdated, as they
mandate the use of a process-monitoring
methodology but, unfortunately, do
not provide a clear, holistic approach
to process control. Hence, both the
government and contractor have not
reaped the benefits of a more robust
process control approach.
This is the basis for PCCI: SPC will be
only one kind of process monitoring
methodology, and only specific char-
acteristics will be identified for process
analysis, monitoring, and control.
A Step Beyond Sampling
PCCI was developed via the Supplier
Quality Initiative (SQI) program,
described below, as a tool for use in
ammunition acquisition and, when appli-
cable, in conjunction with other supplier
quality requirements. PCCI supports and
reinforces the expectations of Military
Standard (MIL-STD)-1916, DOD
Preferred Method for Acceptance of Product.
PCCI requirements are intended to
be uniform, integrated criteria for
the Single Manager for Conventional
Ammunition (SMCA) or other pro-
curing agencies, to aid suppliers in
accomplishing the following:
• Prevent defects.
• Perform manufacturing fow
charting and process failure
• Identify and assess process risks
for characteristics for process
• Determine process capability.
• Control processes.
• Initiate continuous improvement.
• Use commercial best practices.
• Interface with supplier Quality
Management System and
PCCI was developed to manage the
requirements of a large and diverse
industrial base, various ammunition
acquisition strategies, a diverse prod-
uct portfolio, and associated quantities
needed for the military. The clause also
allows for program-unique applications.
PCCI is made up of seven paragraphs
labeled "a" through "g," each with
specific guidelines and instructions.
It does not mandate the use of SPC
unless specifically stated in paragraph
"g" of the clause. Statistical methods are
the preferred methodology for process
monitoring. However, there are many
methods to monitor and control a pro-
cess; these requirements were developed
to allow use of any method that can be
supported by objective evidence.
The basis for these requirements is that
sampling inspection alone does not con-
trol or improve quality. Product quality
comes from robust product and process
design and process control activities.
When such activities are effective, sam-
pling inspection may be redundant
and an unnecessary cost. This clause
requires contractors to develop pro-
cess controls on identified processes
and encourages continuous improve-
ment in accordance with International
Organization for Standardization
(ISO) 9001:2008, Quality manage-
ment systems---Requirements. The
intended result is reduced or elimi-
nated inspection, in accordance with
Supplier Quality Initiative
The purpose of SQI is to identify spe-
cific activities, processes, and projects
for analysis and targeted improvement.
SQI is an initiative of the Armament,
Research, Development, and Engin-
eering Center (ARDEC) and Joint
Munitions Command (JMC), rep-
resenting the joint munitions and
lethality, Life Cycle Management
Command, and SMCA community.
Points of contact at ARDEC and JMC,
respectively, are Christopher DeLima,
Chief, Munitions Quality, Reliability,
and Safety Engineering Division; and
Gregory Zelnio, JMC Quality Director.
PCCI was established to address the
application of quality assurance require-
ments, ensuring that supplier quality
is managed in accordance with Army
Regulation 702-11, Army Quality
Program, with the goals of improving
clarity of requirements; providing guid-
ance on applying the requirements; and
developing competency in the commu-
nity (both government and contractor)
to apply requirements consistently.
The organizations that make up the
SQI are ARDEC, JMC, the Defense
Contract Management Agency, Naval
Air Systems Command, Naval Sea
Systems Command, U.S. Marine
Corps, U.S. Air Force, and program
managers (PMs). PMs, who have
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