Aerospace Quality Management System
AS9100 is the quality management system (QMS) standard specific to the aerospace industry. The current version, AS9100 Rev C published in 2009, includes the ISO 9001:2015 standard verbatim and adds supplementary requirements that apply to the aerospace industry.
These supplementary requirements emphasize areas that impact on process and service safety, quality and reliability for aerospace products. It is designed to meet the complex and unique demands of the aerospace industry, from commercial aviation to defense and include several additional requirements to ISO 9001 that participating aerospace OEM companies felt were necessary to clearly define their expectations for aerospace suppliers.
The requirements within AS9100 are complementary to contractual and applicable regulations. Those implementing a QMS conforming to AS9100 must ensure that the specific requirements of their customers, country regulatory agencies (such as the FAA and the JAA) and local, state and national laws are also referenced within the system's documentation.
First published in May 1997 by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) as AS9000, the AS standard has evolved to AS9100:2008 Rev C and is recognized by all major Aerospace OEMs. It combines and harmonizes requirements defined by the SAE in the Americas and the European Association of Aerospace Industries in Europe.
The aircraft and aerospace industries have recognized AS9100 as a means for continually improving quality and on-time delivery within their supply chain. Most of the major aircraft engine manufacturers, such as General Electric's Aircraft Engine division (GEAE), Boeing, Rolls-Royce Allison and Pratt & Whitney, are requiring their suppliers to be certified to AS9100.
Benefits of AS9100
- Provides access to the best practices of the aerospace industry
- Demonstrates your commitment to deliver quality products and services to your customers
- Brings your quality management system to level with the global standard adopted by the aerospace industry
- Improves your new market / new customer prospects on a worldwide basis
- Design-ensures that design responsible organizations have a robust design process to meet safety and reliability requirements demanded by the Aerospace industry
- Purchasing-requires effective controls over the organization’s entire supply chain
- Product Realization- ensures that each phase of product realization, from planning procuring and manufacturing to shipment is controlled for delivery of product conforming to customer requirements
- Product Monitoring/Measurement - defines requirements for product validation prior to shipment
- Reduces multiple expectations and number of 2nd and 3rd party audits
- Creates independent feedback to foster continual improvement
- Improved customer satisfaction
- Reduces organizational waste, inefficiencies, and defects
- Facilitates continual improvement in business processes and customer satisfaction
- Improves process consistency and stability