Marine Machinery Association Discusses Quality Control With Navy Officials

Recently, the Board of Directors of the Marine Machinery Association met with a select group of U.S. Navy officials to discuss incidents of poor quality in parts and services being supplied to the Navy as a result of awards to less than qualified suppliers.

Participating in the discussions were MMA president, Larry Holley of Warren Pumps Inc., MMA Chairman, Jack Flannigan of Terry Corporation, MMA vice president, James Fromfield of Leslie Controls, Inc., MMA directors, David Choate of Turbodyne/Dresser and J. P. Janetatos of Baker and McKenzie, MMA counsel, Stephen Quatannens and the association's executive director, Daniel Marangiello. Navy representatives were Rear Adm. Myron Ricketts, NAVSEA Deputy Commander for Ship Design and Engineering, Rear Adm.

Roger B. Home Jr., NAVSEA Deputy Director of Industrial and Facility Management, C. G. Geiger, NAVSEA Deputy Chief Engineer for Logistics, Richard B.

McFarland, Executive Director Navy Ships Control Center and Dr. Norman Brown, Special Assistant to the Competition Advocate of the Navy.

During the meeting the MMA pointed out specific cases where inadequate parts and services were being supplied to the Navy that would not allow equipment to function in conformance to original intent and design. MMA offered its assistance to identify such cases. Specifically, MMA offered to assist in the preparation of technical specifications to establish quality control and inspection requirements and procedures and to provide an independent review of DD 1418s. MMA would function as an expert technical consultant, nothing more. The Navy officials agreed to review the problem areas discussed and to consider the MMA offer of assistance.

The MMA Standing Committee for Quality would be the direct liaison with the Navy in the development of any future program. This committee, chaired by a MMA director, is comprised of quality professionals from the member companies.

Manufacturers and suppliers interested in joining the Marine Machinery Association can obtain information by writing to MMA, 1700 K Street NW, Suite 903, Washington, D.C. 20006 or calling Dan Marangiello at (703) 769-5613.

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