Once the pre-procurement and procurement activities have been considered, the project manager and the different team members will ensure that the whole process to validate commercial components is performed accordingly in a timely manner.
The preferred procurement channel is through the manufacturers, and if not, through duly authorised/franchised distributors, which allow minimizing the risk of delivery of counterfeit parts. In any case, a specific anti-counterfeit policy will be applied and all required test to be performed to validate the authenticity of the parts upon reception of the parts.
The objective of the EEE COTS parts procurement management is to assure the correct selection, control, procurement and usage conditions so that the EEE part meets its mission requirements. The goal is not easy, but it can be approached by putting in place different actions: data collection, risk assessment, specific testing/validation, lot traceability, anti-counterfeit measurements, lead material identification, and many more…
The pre-procurement phase combines the EEE parts state-of-the-art analysis, risk analysis and component ownership cost optimization with regards to the mission requirements, design criticality and budget.
In order to achieve this, the project manager leading a multidisciplinary team must find the optimal balance between component information availability (traceability, materials, testing, previous use…) and minimum tests to perform, reaching an acceptable level of reliability covering the technical, schedule and costing constraints.