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The Atlas Missile Autopilot - a Case History of PGPEP Principles in Action

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Summary - The approach used in introducing electronic packaging utilizing printed wiring boards in the production design of the ATLAS MISSILE AUTOPILOT is described. An integrated system design approach from circuit schematic to finished product is demonstrated by explanation of design standards adopted and the use of eleven (11) specifications, Which covered materials, parts, processes and assembly techniques, as requirement documents on applicable part and assembly draftings. The role of the specialist as coordinator and integrator of cognizant departmental functions involved in the task is discussed. Printed wiring board parts are used as a specific example to show how Engineering, Purchasing, Processing, Assembly, Inspection, Testing and Quality Assurance tasks are related.

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IRE Transactions on Product Engineering and Production  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 2 )