Where Quality meets Technology
Aerospace organizations must produce and continue to improve safe/reliable products that meet or exceed customer or regulatory authority requirements to assure customer satisfaction.
To assure customer satisfaction, suppiers to aerospace industry must produce, and continually improve, safe, reliable products that meet or exceed customer and regulatory authority requirements. The globalization of the aerospace industry, and the resulting diversity of regional/national requirements and expectations, has complicated this objective. End-product organizations face the challenge of assuring the quality of, and integrating, product purchased from suppliers throughout the world and at all levels within the supply chain. Aerospace suppliers and processors face the challenge of delivering product to multiple customers having varying quality expectations and requirements.
AS 9000 series
- AS/EN/JISQ 9100 – Quality Management System Requirements for Design and Manufacture of Aerospace Products
- AS/EN/JISQ 9110 – Quality Management System Requirements for Maintenance Organisations
- AS/EN/JISQ 9120 – Quality Management System Requirements for Stockists/ Distributors
Regulatory and Industry Endorsements of AS9100
AS9100 has been endorsed by the major U.S. Aerospace regulators, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In addition, all members of the Americas Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG), Asia-Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG) and European Aerospace Quality Group (EAQG) have deployed AS 9100 internally and externally.
Major industry OEMs, including Boeing, Airbus, GE Aircraft Engines and United Technologies companies Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, and Hamilton/Sunstrand have already mandated registration for all suppliers. Boeing currently requires new suppliers to register.
Stipulating “How to” from “What to”
All quality systems must be designed to meet the specific needs of the users. And although AS9100 identifies areas to address within the aerospace industry, system designers are encouraged to first establish a robust quality system that's both effective and efficient. This system should be a holistic entity with practices spanning multiple functions and processes within the business. Although the standard outlines industry "what" for a quality management system, the "how to" were deliberately left out and remain the system designers' responsibility. This reflects the AS9100 writing team's belief that how-to information stifles continuous improvement. The AS9100 standard provides guidance for managing variation when a "key characteristic" is identified. Keys are features of a material, process or part in which the variation has a significant influence on product fit, performance, service life or manufacturability. AS9100 requires that an organization establish and document a configuration management process.
Product safety and quality control
Detailed first-article inspections are frequently performed to demonstrate product conformance to engineering requirements. Documenting the actual inspection and test results is an established method of demonstrating initial item acceptance. Another international aerospace standard, called AS9102 and developed by the IAQG, outlines a methodology for performing and documenting first-article inspections.
Airworthiness & AS 9100
“This standard and complimentary standards for Quality Management Systems within the Aerospace Standard AS9100 series, facilitate the development of mature systems to meet Industry Standards. Application in isolation of the Defence AIRWORTHINESS Regulatory framework would result in substantial implementation, but critical shortfalls in meeting full STATE aircraft Airworthiness requirements”.
AS 9100 Registration
TUV Nord is formally accredited by DAkks to provide registration and certification services for AS 9100, 9110 & 9120. An organization seeking formal registration to this scheme must be assessed by an accredited certification body (RCB) such as TUV Nord. We'll use our knowledge, expertise, experience, and industry insight to help you achieve your certification smoothly and cost-effectively.