Under this clause, JPL
grants no MRB authority to Contractor or its Sub-tier Suppliers.
Repair is not allowed under
Nonconformance: A condition
of any article, material, or service in which one or more characteristics do
not conform to requirements specified in the contract, drawings,
specifications, or other approved product description. Includes
failures, discrepancies, defects, anomalies, and malfunctions.
when an article can be made to conform to drawing requirements. Detailed
instructions for rework must be included or referenced.
when the nonconforming article, material, or service can be corrected to a usable
condition, although its condition will not be identical with drawing /
Contractor shall ensure that
product which does not conform to product requirements is identified and
controlled to prevent its unintended use or delivery. The controls and related
responsibilities for dealing with nonconforming product shall be defined in a
procedure shall define the responsibility for review and authority for the
disposition of nonconforming product and the process for approving personnel
making these decisions.
Data Requirements: Any
nonconformance discovered by Contractor on products in their control shall be
documented by Contractors’ approved method of nonconformance reporting. This
shall include a detailed description of the nonconformance, location (by
drawing reference point, hardware reference point, clock location, etc.), and
exact callout of the violation by drawing or specification requirement
(including sub-paragraph or illustration number). It shall also list what type
of test/inspection revealed the discrepant condition, and what, if any,
subsequent actions were taken prior to disclosure. Dimensional violations shall
include “should be” and “is” dimensions, and tool(s) calibration traceability
Preliminary Review: The
preliminary review process shall be initiated with the identification and
documentation of a nonconformance. A preliminary review shall be the initial
step performed by Contractor to determine if the nonconformance needs to be
reported to JPL (see below), and to determine if the nonconformance is minor
and can be re-worked to a condition that completely conforms to the drawing or
Note: Preliminary review does not negate
the requirement to identify, segregate, document, report, and disposition nonconformances.
When notification is required,
notification shall be within 3 working days after the nonconformance is
discovered. Nonconformances shall be reported to JPL
under the following conditions:
If the problem is
detected during one of the following:
acceptance, or qualification testing
“significant” test as specified by JPL
maintenance, overhaul, and repair of flight, ground test operation, or shipping
and receipt of hardware delivered to JPL, including any test involving hardware
previously accepted by JPL and returned for repair, modification, etc.
And it is:
Equipment that is
representative of flight hardware (flight-like hardware), including prototype
and qualification hardware
equipment (GSE) that is safety critical.