Aerospace commodity items are essential in the proper functioning and guaranteed safety of aircraft. The distributors of these products—raw materials, bearings, paints, fasteners, coatings and gaskets—may not have a role in the development of these components, but these players certainly have an effect on the final product. This is because there would be significant effects on the finished aircraft’s performance if there is improper handling of parts and materials, as well as the loss of traceability from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to the customer.
That is why the industry put strict regulations in place. For pass-through distributors of aerospace commodity items, they have the AS9120 QMS (quality management systems). The standard is based on the ISO 9001:2000, with the addition of almost 100 specific requirements for aerospace distributors.
“A business can create and implement its own operation and management standards. However, these standards may not be aligned with existing laws governing business systems. It will help to get accreditation from recognized standards-creating bodies like ISO. Businesses with ISO registration conform to specifications, standards, and customer expectations in the most cost effective and efficient way.
One of ISO’s most popular standards that has helped many businesses improve the quality of their products and services is the ISO 9001. Unlike the previous standards published by ISO, ISO 9001 is the only one against which an organization can be certified. It is designed to help organizations improve their operation and management systems through internal audits and management reviews.”
Certification implies that the manufacturer has been educated, trained, and therefore eligible to produce quality products. There are stringent requirements to be met and rigorous testing to be done when applying for certification. When a company is able to fulfill those prerequisites, their niche market can confidently purchase their goods. The increased sales opportunities and reduced liabilities definitely make certification a worthwhile investment.
Enterprises who wish to obtain the ANSI/ESD s20.20 certification should seek ISO certification services from recognized certifying bodies like International Standards Authority, Inc. Accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, the registrar can verify the product’s quality, which will be recognized globally.