Manufacturing Readiness Level Risk Assessment Drives Reduced Production Costs

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“Billions of dollars in cost growth occur as programs transition from development to production, and unit-cost increases are common after production begins.” GAO–10-4399

Assessments of manufacturing readiness utilizing the Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) criteria was introduced to the defense community in 2005. They have been designed to manage manufacturing risk in acquisition while increasing the ability of the technology development projects to transition new technology to weapon system applications. The MRL criteria create a measurement scale and vocabulary for assessing and discussing manufacturing maturity and risk. Using the MRL criteria, an assessment of manufacturing readiness is a structured evaluation of a technology, component, manufacturing process, weapon system or subsystem.

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