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Quality Management Systems in the Aviation Industry

Quality Management Systems in the Aviation Industry

“Ad Astra Per Aspera” is a very well know logo, representing the human desire to reach the sky. From Da Vinci’s sketches to today’s passenger planes and space stations, the humanity has reached a hard and complicated road. Now you can board a passenger plan and reach wherever you want. This would not be possible without the strict safety regulations of the aviation industry. In order to make sure that all safety measures during manufacturing and delivery process are met, an ISO standard has been developed and its implementation and certification is required in the aerospace industry. Find out more about AS9100C certification and its benefits.

AS9100 standard highlights the requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations. The standard includes all of the elements of ISO 9001, as well as additional requirements specific to the aerospace industry. The recent C and D revisions stress out the importance of effectiveness during manufacturing processes. All processes must be well documented and a high quality product must be delivered within the timeframe expected by the customer. During audits, these documents will be shown to auditors. AS 9100 Rev C standards require the marking and coding of items in order to meet compliance standards. All manufacturers that provide products for the U.S. Departments of Aviation, Space, or Defense must be AS 9100 certified.

Implementing this QMS ensures that the company is focused towards quality goals, while not sacrificing productivity rate and process effectiveness. In fact the whole purpose of this QMS is to insure a productivity increase, a better connection with the supply chain.

Counterfeit parts prevention was stressed out in the latest revision, by implementing new clauses. New clauses regarding tracking were also added. Since AS9001 Rev C, the products supplied to the aviation industry should follow procedures similar to UID marking and coding procedures with. The manufacture must have automated data capture capabilities for all phases of production from distribution to maintenance. This makes sure that whenever an audit or technical inspection is undergoing, all documents will be analyzed in order to detect process flow deficiencies and repair them.

Aeronautic and defense industries leave no room for mistakes. Any mistake on the ensemble line will significant delays, which translate in many millions of dollars lost during the whole manufacturing and distribution process. AS9100 standard emphasizes the risks and the need for safety management, including behavioral training of the workers (to respect all safety requirements).