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  •  Not in a manufacturing environment (9+ / 0-)

    Prints and specs are part of the contractual agreement between customer and supplier, and the consequences for making unapproved changes, even in early design phases for a component supplier like this, can be dire. Especially if there is product liability or extensive redesign cost involved.

    If Boeing could prove this supplier made unauthorized changes to a component, they could probably stick the supplier with the total bill for any corrective action, and might even be able to win damages in court for lost sales or reputation.

    Virtually every aerospace/avionics purchase order (PO) requires a Certificate of Compliance/Conformance (CofC) from the supplier, where the supplier swears the product conforms to applicable drawings and specs - the revision numbers are usually in the PO. On military systems, people get sent to prison for falsifying this stuff.

    You're describing what amounts to interior decorating in your example. Imagine doing the same thing with the systems for a nuclear reactor without obtaining the necessary engineering and regulatory approvals.

    In Soviet Russia, you rob bank. In America, bank robs you.

    by badger on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:28:41 PM PST

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