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66 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2020 Increasing revenue is generally the general manager's top thought. It's seemingly the on- ly lifeline to a sustainable enterprise. Howev- er, the other side of the equation is managing the risk of losing existing cash streams. For the most part, preceding such losses are multiple times of failing to meet customer expectations. This "longer" time frame gives management time to react, develop, and implement a get- well plan. Typically, however, the sudden loss of a rev- enue stream is not part of the company's risk management plan. Maybe it should be when one of your streams is tied to PCBs fabricated to MIL-PRF-31032, and just maybe, the counter risk action might be as simple as periodic rec- ognition. The topic for this month's military column is the function of the Technical Review Board Have You Hugged Your Technical Review Board Lately? (TRB) as it pertains to MIL-PRF-31032 (military requirements for printed wiring board fabrica- tion). The TRB's duties and responsibilities are the glue that connects the dots between the site, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and the associated military revenue stream. Under- standing these duties will help with resource allocation, general support, site priorities, and, most importantly, yearly re-certification to MIL-PRF-31032. The TRB Defined The site forms a team of in-house experts to make decisions regarding printed board acceptability and certification. The TRB is a cross-functional team made up of responsible individuals selected from the different areas covered by the quality management (QM) pro- gram for MIL-PRF-31032. The TRB assumes full From the Hill Feature Column by Mike Hill, MIL-Q-CONSULTING LLC

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