AS9100 is a commonly implemented and standardized quality management system (QMS) for the aerospace industry. It was released in October 1999, by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the European Association of Aerospace Industries. It is currently in it’s forth revision, revision D.
This certification is for organizations doing business in the aerospace industry such as manufacturers, contractors, and suppliers. New requirements emphasize the prevention of risk and counterfeit parts, providing a structure that empowers businesses to adapt to change, planning for obsolescence, and addressing product safety concerns. The requirements in this standard are not alternative to customer or relevant statutory or regulatory requirements. In cases of conflict, the customer/applicable statutory or regulatory requirements will take priority.
Certifications are issued by third party certifying bodies. For an organization to maintain AS9100D certification, they will be subjected to annual or regularly scheduled audits where the organization’s compliance with the standard is evaluated by the certifying body.
Why is AS9100 Certification Important, as well as critical to choosing a competent machine shop?
AS9100 is vital for anyone intending on landing machining work with aerospace manufacturers and suppliers. Most organizations in this sector will refuse do business with a company unless they have AS9100 certification.
NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and aerospace giants like Boeing, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin all require suppliers to achieve AS9100 certification.
AS9100 also offers a global aerospace manufacturing standard the entire industry can agree to. As Quality magazine noted last year, AS9100 shares many of the same standards set forth in ISO 9001, including:
- Quality-focused leadership
- Face-based decision making
- Mutually satisfactory relationships with suppliers
- Continuous improvement
- Improved quality consistency with traceability
However, there are four key requirements in AS9100 designed specifically for the aerospace industry:
1. Planning for product realization
AS9100 puts an additional emphasis on risk management and assessment “in the project and configuration management aspects of production and control of work transfers between facilities and suppliers,” Quality writes.
2. Purchasing/Purchased product
These requirements deal with supplier control, including information presented to vendors and controls placed on purchased products that could be released prior to verification.
3. Design and development
This section involves the steps for design verification and validation along with rules for documentation and testing on both stages.
Design verification involves crafting a piece on paper and calculating all specifications, inputs, metrics and regulations to see where the product meets – or needs to meet – industry expectations.
Validation involves the formation of a prototype – a first production unit or engineered model – to illustrate the initial run of a new and complex design.
4. Product monitoring and measurement rules
These regulations cover quality measuring capacities, including measures for rejection and for non-conforming processes.
In 2018, Revision D added the following elements to AS9100:
- Product Safety
- Counterfeit Parts Prevention
- Risk clause was merged with the new ISO 9001 risk requirements along with an increased emphasis on risks in operational processes
- Awareness clause was added with reinforced requirements for awareness of individual contribution to product and service quality and safety along with ethical behavior
- Human Factors are included as a consideration in nonconformity management and corrective action
- Configuration Management was clarified and improved to address stakeholder needs
In summary obtaining our AS9100D has further reinforced MTM’s commitment to quality, enhancing capabilities, and continuously raising the bar in order to exceed customer expectations.
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