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1st quality management in the Aerospace industry were first published by the Society of Automotive engineers in partnership with the American Aerospace Quality Group as well as the Internationals Aerospace Quality Group (AAQG & IAQG respectively). AS 9100 is a revised version of the quality management criteria in the Aerospace sector and incorporates all the foundational concepts of ISO 9001. Meeting strict quality requirements helps ensure that safety standards are maintained in a uniform, relevant and timely manner thereby benefiting your organization through reduced risk and better stakeholder relations.

Its regulatory compliance that include:

  • Configuration management system.
  • Design phase, verification, validation and testing processes.
  • Approval and review of subcontractor performance.
  • Verification of purchased product.
  • Product identification throughout the life cycle, and documentation.
  • Control of production process changes and equipment, tools and numerical control machine programs.
  • Control of work performed outside of the supplier’s facilities.
  • Special processes.
  • Inspection and testing procedures.
  • Methods, resources and recording.
  • Corrective action.
  • First article inspection.
  • Servicing – collecting and analyzing data and delivery, investigation, and reporting and control of technical documentation.
  • Review of non-conforming product.

The following are the requirements of the certification program:

  • This certification presents a configuration management design verification, testing and validation criteria for all Aerospace companies and related sectors.
  • The certification programs also require a reliable and easily maintainable safety and security strategy and management system.
  • There is also a requirement for objective review of the contractors and subcontractors to ascertain their performance is within the AS9100 charter and agreement.
  • Strong emphasis placed by the AS 9100 certification on the verification of all products purchased for and from the sector as well as monitoring of the products through its life cycle.
  • Strong need for aerospace organizations to document the control of production activities, equipments and tools as well as computerized production programs.
  • Standardized overall control of company suppliers and supply chains to provide oversight for regulation towards AS 9100 certification.

The following are the benefits of the AS 9100 certification program for any Aerospace company or related companies:

  • Implementation of this standard defines the roles and responsibilities of staff and contributes to increases in the motivational edge of the whole taskforce.
  • The certification program also provides a clear-cut outline of effective Aerospace production and thus allows companies to engage in cost-effective production.
  • The overall goal of this standard is to promote innovative practices in the Aerospace sector that will guarantee safety and security. This is very influential in winning customer satisfaction.
  • The consistency created by this standard in the verification process has helped to harmonize the industry.
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