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Selecting The Right Aerospace Contract Manufacturer

Sep 19, 2023

Selecting the right aerospace contract manufacturer is a critical decision that can significantly impact the success of your business. Aerospace manufacturing demands precision, efficiency, quality, and safety that meet aerospace industry standards. As an aerospace contract manufacturer, Intrex has been supplying precision CNC machined parts and assemblies for over 40 years. Some of the things we have implemented and to consider in selecting an aerospace contract manufacturer are:


  • Experience and Expertise: Consider the manufacturer’s experience in aerospace manufacturing. An established track record demonstrates their ability to handle complex projects. Knowledge of regulations helps insurer compliance. and deliver quality products. Look for expertise in machining, assembly, testing, and materials specific to aerospace applications.


  • Technological Capabilities: Does the manufacturer have the necessary equipment and systems software to satisfy your needs? Technology and equipment are critical in your evaluation.  Advanced machinery and software contribute and are necessary for producing precision parts—organization and efficiency are key.

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  • Quality Control: Ensure the manufacturer has robust quality control processes in place. Rigorous testing and inspection of components and systems are crucial to meet safety and performance standards.


  • Certifications and Compliance: Look for manufacturers with certifications such as AS9100 (Aerospace Quality Management System) and other relevant certifications like ISO 9001. Compliance with industry standards ensures that the manufacturer follows strict quality control processes and meets aerospace-specific requirements.

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  • Supply Chain Management: Assess the manufacturer’s supply chain capabilities. Does the potential manufacturer have the production and quality systems in place that ensure a seamless flow of materials, and components? Efficient supply chain management minimizes delays and disruptions, helping your projects stay on schedule.


  • Flexibility and Scalability: Consider the manufacturer’s ability to adapt to changing project requirements. Supplying aerospace parts on time can be challenging due to the fluctuations in volume and rev changes. You need a supplier that is flexible and scalable to accommodate variations in production volume.


  • Cost and Pricing Structure: Pricing is always a factor. Evaluating real overall costs is indispensable. Aligning pricing with a budget and comparing prices while also considering quality standards and maintaining needed delivery requirements is real and necessary.


  • Communication and Collaboration: Effective communication and collaboration are crucial for successful project execution. Choose a manufacturer that demonstrates clear communication channels, a responsive team, and a collaborative approach to problem-solving.


  • Compliance with Export Controls: Verify that the manufacturer understands and complies with international export controls, such as ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) and EAR (Export Administration Regulations). Compliance is vital for aerospace projects involving sensitive technologies.


  • Sustainability and Environmental Practices: Evaluate the manufacturer’s commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Aerospace manufacturers should aim for sustainable operations and reduce their environmental impact where possible.

We know how important selecting the right contract manufacturer is. Selecting an aerospace contract manufacturer involves a thorough assessment of their certifications, experience, technology, quality control, flexibility, communication, reputation, compliance, and sustainability efforts. Hopefully this article will be helpful to you in making a well-informed decision that ensures the success and safety of your company.

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