AS9100 Rev. D: Requirements For Aviation, Space and Defence Organisations

On-time delivery is crucial to customers and manufacturers face penalties when aircraft are not delivered on time. In June 2017, Airbus, Europe’s largest aerospace group, warned suppliers that those which failed to deliver to schedule and to quality standards in one division of the group would be barred from work in another.

Analysis

In response, manufacturers have sought to make their operations as streamlined and efficient as possible, in order to deliver an increasing number of aircraft at lower cost, but with higher standards and increased capabilities.

Within the global aerospace industry, ISO 9001 has become the internationally recognised standard for managing quality. ISO 9001 forms the foundation of AS9100, which encompasses all of the elements of ISO 9001 while also including aerospace-specific additions and clarifications.

Solutions that enable aerospace manufacturers to manage quality management systems enable radical reductions in the time required to achieve certification to standards, and dramatically decrease the duplication of effort in complying with legal and regulatory requirements.

In addition to offering a proven solution for management standards such as ISO 9001, 14001 and 45001, quality management system solutions facilitate AS9100 activities.

Product

By implementing a quality management system solution to manage quality management systems, manufacturers can maintain and improve processes such as document control, corrective and preventive action, audits and management review.

Document control

  • increasing access to controlled documents by providing global access to a central document register
  • reducing document control costs by eliminating printed copies of documents and automating administration tasks
  • enhancing document accuracy through increased staff input, with inaccuracies being spotted and suggestions being received
  • reducing the risk of document-related errors by extending access to your system throughout the organisation

 

CA/PA

  • enhance the accuracy of root cause definition for every non-conformity through real-time analysis capabilities
  • reducing the number of non-conformities being overlooked through automatic email notification and escalation
  • increasing awareness of poor quality costs to direct resources at areas requiring most immediate attention
  • reducing non-conformity analysis time and effort to increase time available to address non-conformities

 

Audits

  • decreasing the amount of management time it takes to prepare for any audit by accessing comprehensive audit information quickly and easily
  • reducing the administrative time and effort spent on every aspect of the entire audit programme by managing records, actions and communications electronically
  • reducing the number of findings being overlooked through automatic email notification and escalation
  • enhancing audit finding analysis to increase time available for addressing non-conformities

 

Management review

  • analysing all non-conformities by occurrence and cost to address issues at a site, department, process or employee level
  • identifying improvement opportunities, reduce costs and repeat failures through trended root cause analysis
  • providing continuous improvement analysis ‘on demand’ with access to complete up-to-date information
  • enhancing the efficiency of your management reviews by enabling ‘on demand’ analysis of audit findings and non-conformities

 

Conclusion

For aerospace manufacturers, implementing a quality management system solution to manage quality management system helps promote and focus both responsibility and autonomy. Such solutions empower employee participation and are essential for efficiency and continual improvement with cost reduction.

With a solution that enables the efficient management of quality, manufacturers can put effective systems and controls in place to:

  • Achieve operational effectiveness and efficiency
  • Demonstrate regulatory compliance

Reduce exposure to risk

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