Kitting of Flight Hardware - Processing of Multiple Parts

The Logistics organization treats parts as parts only, with no provisions for storing related parts as kits. Because of the nature of the Thermal Control System (TCS) blankets and supports, storing parts individually caused multiple problems. The main problem was the difficulty of finding a particular TCS part in storage after removal from the vehicle (TCS becomes a custom part when installed). Logistics agreed that TCS parts would be stored in boxes and sealed with integrity labels, with a box content sheet (generated from the TCS Blanket Management System [TCSB]) and a bar-coded label affixed to the outside of the box. This method enabled Logistics to issue the correct parts to their respective vehicle and allowed the shops to retrieve the same set of TCS parts they had turned over to Logistics by ordering the box instead of individual parts.
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