Importance of AS9100 Certification for Aerospace Manufacturers
Maintaining quality in components is one of the most important factors aerospace manufacturers have to consider when developing supply chains for their projects. However, as more complex projects and globalization have made supply chains dynamic and more reliant on contractors, individual quality management systems, such as ISO 9001, D1-9000 and Q standard, in some instances, have been superseded by AS9100. The AS 9100 standard has become the dominant means used by aerospace manufacturers to ensure the reliability and quality of components and services in the aerospace supply chain.
AS9100 is built on the ISO 9001 standard, but includes additions that are essential for the needs of aerospace manufacturers. One of the most important changed involves the supply chain interactions, ensuring components can be easily traced through every step in their production. This includes important steps such as customer approval of contractors’ suppliers and inspection rights to facilities further down the supply chain. This establishment of traceability is essential since components may be in service for decades and premature failures can have serious consequences in many cases.
Aerospace manufacturers are also expected to go beyond ISO 9001 standards in many other respects. This includes increased internal audits, reporting of engineering, extensive documentation regarding the calibration of measuring equipment and stricter controls for non-conforming parts, to meet the high quality expectations and tight tolerances the aerospace manufacturing industry demands.
Intrex Aerospace is proud to be fully certified for both AS 9100 rev. C and ISO 9001, so our customers can rely on us to produce complex components with a high level of quality. With an extensive infrastructure for milling, turning and CNC Swiss machining, as well as an Epicor ERP/MRP system, our company can reduce costs, lead times and production times for a wide range of aerospace parts programs.
To learn more about what sets Intrex apart from other aerospace manufacturers, contact us today.