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68 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MARCH 2020 responsibility for managing the QM program. Thus, the TRB is the mechanism that the quali- fying activity (DLA) uses to reduce oversight. The TRB members must be identified by name and title. Since the TRB will be making important decisions about qualified materials product list (QML), a method for making de- cisions (majority rules, unanimous approval, etc.) must be documented. Other aspects of the TRB operation must also be described, such as how often the TRB meets to evaluate the sta- tus of the QM program, the standard meeting structure, and how records of these meetings are maintained. Keep in mind that no two manufacturer's TRB will be designed the same. TRB mem- bership, meeting frequency, etc., will depend on the size, structure, and capabilities of each manufacturing facility. The TRB's Responsibilities The TRB's responsibilities are outlined in the following 18 items. 1. Implement and maintain the QM program: The TRB ensures the QM program is in place and working properly. The TRB monitors the QM program and makes any changes that it deems necessary. 2. Monitor the self-assessment audit: The TRB ensures results are effective and leveraged to contribute to continuous improvement. 3. Maintain certified processes: Through pro- cess controls, process monitoring, and continuous improvement, the TRB ensures the processes are producing high-quality products. 4. Manage process change control: The TRB must be privy to process changes and ap- prove any major changes before qualifying activity notification. 5. Oversee reliability data analysis: The TRB must not only collect reliability data through lot and periodic conformance testing but also analyze the results to ensure continued compliance and product reliability. 6. Conduct failure analysis: When failures oc- cur, the TRB must determine the cause of failure to help prevent reoccurrence. 7. Monitor and assess customer returns: At the TRB, these should be tied into the failure analysis and corrective action system as needed. 8. Ensure corrective action approvals: The TRB must ensure corrective actions are taken, that they are effective, and that any changes comply with the QM plan. 9. Address QML product recalls: When prob- lems are discovered that may affect products in the field, the TRB must com- municate with customers to help ensure continued operation and fielding of the af- fected weapon systems. 10. Review qualification status: At the TRB, this is done periodically as part of con- formance verification inspection (CVI) to ensure the QML-31032 accurately reflects proven capability. 11. Dispose of test failures: The TRB ensures non-conforming products are properly seg- regated and oversees rework to make sure only fully compliant product is shipped. 12. Ensure communication throughout the pro- cess: The TRB ensures good communica- tion and helps prevent costly failures later in the process. 13. Submit status reports to qualifying activ- ity (DLA): A good status report involves all members of the TRB compiling data on the status of the QM program. 14. Assess the impact of changes in person- nel and business plans: These changes can impact the QM program. Therefore, the TRB must be aware of them and deter- mine if any actions are necessary. 15. Approve and update QM plan: The quali- fying activity bases QML certification on the QM plan, so it is important that it ac- curately reflects the manufacturer's QM program.

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