AS9100 Quality Management Standards for Aerospace
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ISO9001 has been a good quality standard across
many industries and has been used in aerospace to great effect, albeit with
To meet the exacting standards in aerospace
the major aircraft manufacturers and IAQG (International Aerospace Quality
Group) developed AS9100; based on ISO9001:2008 this standard fills the gap
between military standards and the commercial ISO9001 quality management
standard. It makes good sense to have one aerospace standard for
conformity to best practice; AS9100 is that standard.
AS9100 v ISO 9001
Manufacturing an item as complicated and critical
as an aircraft or space vehicle requires special attention during all the
production processes. A great deal of attention is placed on
documentation and drawing control to ensure that the current revision of
engineering drawings, part lists and test and inspection specifications is
being used. This 'configuration control' is covered in far more
depth than ISO9001, as is identification and traceability. The
paperwork trail is vital following an incident or accident and these documents
are always quarantined immediately by an accident or incident board of
standard provides guidance for key characteristic management in both material,
and process control. Clearly there is a good deal of emphasis on the design
and development of the final structure as well as components used in that
structure, the AS9100 standard includes additional references in design and
development functions. Explanatory notes are included for both
design and development verification and validation highlighting traditional
areas of emphasis. Additionally, AS9100 provides information on areas of
verification documentation and validating testing and results.
One area which receives greater attention is the
inspection area, particularly the first off in a batch of items. This is
called first article inspection in AS9100. The standard also gives
guidelines for actions to be taken when it all goes wrong. Any faulty
part, which is scrap, must be put beyond use before disposition.
This standard can be applied in the following
Assessment and certification is carried out by properly accredited and
competent assessors. The assessment is of necessity, more in depth than
ISO9001 and the reporting is far stricter. The assessor scores each item
against a prepared score card; at the end of the assessment the scores are
totalled and a decision to pass or require additional work to be carried out
is made. One major difference in the assessment is that no
corrective action may take place during the assessment, unlike ISO9001. Any CAP
(corrective action plan) must take place afterwards.
- AS 9100 - Quality Management System requirements for Design and/or manufacture of aerospace products
- AS 90110 - Quality Management System requirements for maintenance and repair operations
- AS 9120 - Quality Management System requirements for Stockists and
Inevitably main suppliers who achieve
certification to AS9100 will then require their sub-contractors and suppliers
to achieve the standard as well.
Once accredited these organisations are featured
in OASIS (the IAQG Online Aerospace Supplier Information System)
Quality Matters can assist organisations to
achieve certification to these standards.
Key tags: Aerospace Series, quality management
About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters Limited an established independent management consultancy based in Essex, UK which specialises in ISO19011 Internal Auditor Training courses .
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-10-07 13:35:30 in Business Articles