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Design Interface Product Support Analytical Tools (PSAT) DatabaseRelated ACQuipedia ArticlesIntegrated Product Support (IPS) Implementation RoadmapIntegrated Product Support (IPS) Element GuidebookDesign Interface Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element Competency ListContinuous Learning ModulesTraining CoursesKey ReferencesDescriptionObjective


Objective

The objective of the Design Interface IPS Element is to participate in the systems engineering process to impact the design from its inception throughout the life cycle, facilitating supportability to maximize the availability, effectiveness and capability of the system at the lowest Total Ownership Cost (TOC). (Source: DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook, Appendix A)

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Description

Design interface is the integration of the quantitative design characteristics of systems engineering (reliability, maintainability, etc.) with the functional logistics/integrated product support elements. Design interface reflects the driving relationship of system design parameters to product support resource requirements. These design parameters are expressed in operational terms rather than as inherent values and specifically relate to system requirements. Thus, product support requirements are derived to ensure the system meets its availability goals and design costs and support costs of the system are effectively balanced. For additional insights on the integrated nature of product support and systems engineering, recommend reading a January-February 2013 Defense AT&L Magazine article entitled “Teamed for Success: The Imperative of Aligning Systems Engineering and Life Cycle Logistics.”

The basic items that need to be considered as part of design interface include:

  • Reliability
  • Maintainability
  • Supportability
  • IPS Elements
  • Affordability
  • Configuration Management
  • Safety requirements
  • Environmental and HAZMAT requirements
  • Human Systems Integration
  • Anti-Tamper
  • Habitability
  • Disposal
  • Legal requirements

Key Design Interface IPS Element activities according to Appendix A of the DoD Product Support Manager (PSM) Guidebook and the DoD Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element Guidebook, include:

  • Standardization and interoperability
  • Engineering data analysis
  • Net-centric capability management
  • Reliability, availability, maintainability (RAM) design
  • Producibility
  • Supportability/Designing for Supportability
  • Sustainability
  • Deployability management
  • Human Systems Integration (HSI)
    • Human Factors Engineering
    • Personnel
    • Habitability
    • Training
    • Safety and Occupational Health plan development and management
  • Environmental management
  • Warfighter/machine/software/interface/usability management
  • Survivability and vulnerability management
  • Affordability
  • Modularity and Open Systems Architecture (MOSA)
  • Corrosion control and prevention
  • Nondestructive inspection
  • Hazardous material management
  • Energy management
  • Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)
  • Risk Management
  • Logistics Modeling and Simulation (M&S)
  • Design Trades
  • Supportability Analysis, including:
    • Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FEMA)
    • Failure Modes Effects & Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
    • Level of Repair Analysis (LORA)
    • Maintenance Task Analysis (MTA)
  • Affordable System Operational Effectiveness (ASOE)
  • Parts Management Program
  • Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Integration
  • Reliability KSA
  • Environment, Safety & Occupational Health (ESOH)
  • Munitions/Explosive Safety
  • Anti-Tamper
  • Transportability
  • Quality Management

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Key References


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Training Courses

DAU Training

Specific multi-disciplinary DAU training recommendations related to this Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element are available at:

These Life Cycle Logistics Certification Standards and Core Plus Development Guides for each of the three DAWIA certification levels include: 

  • “Types of Assignments” and “Representative Activities”, which are colored blue
  • “Core Certification Standards (Required for DAWIA Certification)” (education, training, and experience requirements), which are colored red
  • “Core Plus Development Guides (Desired/recommended training, education, and experience)”, which are colored yellow

Non-DAU Training Courses

  • REL 210 Introduction to Reliability & Reliability Growth - Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • REL 310 Reliability & Reliability Growth Foundations I - Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • REL 410 Advanced Reliability in System Design - Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • SYS 028 Introduction to Configuration Management - Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • SYS 169 Introduction to Human Systems Integration (HSI) - Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • SYS 186 Critical Safety Item (CSI) Orientation Course - Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • SYS 196 Integration of ESOH into SE for Weapon System Acquisition - Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • SYS 197 Integrating ESOH into SE, A Practitioner's Guide, Part I - Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • SYS 198 Integrating ESOH into SE, A Practitioner's Guide, Part II - Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • SYS 208 Life Cycle Risk Management Course - Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • Defense Hazardous Materials/Waste Handling - Army Logistics University (ALU)
  • Defense Hazardous Waste Course (Refresher) - Army Logistics University (ALU)

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Continuous Learning Modules

Specific multi-disciplinary DAU continuous learning module recommendations related to this Integrated Product Support (IPS) Element  are available at: 

These Life Cycle Logistics Certification Standards and Core Plus Development Guides for each of the three DAWIA certification levels include: 

  • “Types of Assignments” and “Representative Activities”, which are colored blue
  • “Core Certification Standards (Required for DAWIA Certification)” (education, training, and experience requirements), which are colored red
  • “Core Plus Development Guides (Desired/recommended training, education, and experience)”, which are colored yellow, and in addition to technical/functional topics, also include a series of Harvard Business School (HBS) Leadership & Management Modules for US Government Employees

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Competencies

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Related ACQuipedia Articles

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