The AS9100 standard was created specifically for the aviation, space and defense industries. It serves the purpose of achieving significant improvements in those industries in areas of safety, quality and customer service. Companies that are certified with this standard can be confident that they have an effective quality management system, and by extension, so can their customers.
According to Aerospace Manufacturing and Design, “Thermacore Inc., a provider of advanced thermal and material solutions, has received full recertification to both AS9100:2009 Rev. C and ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standards at its Lancaster, Pennsylvania, headquarters and manufacturing facility.” The company received recertification for their design, manufacture and distribution of thermal management components and systems.
Commercial flights in America are relatively safe for several years now since the last accident in 2009, but the same couldn’t be said with general aviation. A Washington Post report cited 440 fatalities in general aviation flights since 2012, in which pilots were held responsible for the accidents. However, a recent investigation found that pilots are, in fact, victims in most crashes.
Washington Post published an investigation by the online news source, USA Today, which reported that the actual fault in many of these accidents lies with manufacturers or distributors of aviation parts, and not human error. Manufacturers have reportedly been covering up their mistakes by saying that pilots failed to follow their advice and recommendations. With increasing aviation deaths every year, strict implementation of AS9120 certified parts is an appropriate response for effective prevention of fatal crashes due to faulty parts.
UniFirst, a company dealing with uniform rentals, recently saw two of its industrial laundry facilities (in Dothan, AL and Titusville, FL) awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification. According to the company report, this was due to their “quality management systems for cleaning and servicing customers’ work apparel and for providing facility service products.” They were able to earn the certification through an ISO registration process that required them to document their workflow processes in detail in order to show their efficiency.
According to Francis Finlan, general manager of the Titusville facility, “Being awarded this certification underscores our commitment to that objective.” He also said that it is their business objective to give customers the best service possible, which is one of the key factors to see to in order to become ISO-certified.
By consulting with them, corporations will know what type of products or technologies they should employ to make sure that instances of electrostatic discharge in their plants are significantly reduced. Moreover, they can also have their facilities ESD 20:20 certified so that their investors, customers, and the general public are assured that company manufacturing sites are safe from static discharge problems.
For safety’s sake
Quality management standards need to be stringent, especially for the aerospace industry because lives and substantial investments are on the line. With so much at stake, plane manufacturers need to go the extra mile to find certification bodies like International Standards Authority, Inc. to conduct an external audit for them after an internal team does one initially.
Auditors check for adherence to standards set by the aerospace industry, ensures the parts are traceable, and certifies that the manufacturing processes are sound and reliable. In the event of negative findings, auditors will have to be made aware of how those findings will be corrected or addressed. Only then will genuine AS9120 certification be issued.
” “We’re seeing interest in other sectors as well, UAVs, it’s not just 777X support,” he said. “The Boeing supply chain is broader than that, but I think building off that momentum (the 777X) has the most interest.”
In any commercial aerospace development projects, obtaining an AS9120 certification is crucial for both suppliers and manufacturers. Aside from becoming globally recognized as a reputable supplier, the certification will help increase customer satisfaction, reduce operating costs, and improve stakeholder relationships by streamlining production and operating system. Any aerospace companies, not just those that seek opportunities from the 777X launching, must consider getting AS9120 certification through accrediting firms like International Standards Authority, Inc.”