AS 9100: Aerospace Quality Management Systems
AS9100 was developed to standardise aerospace quality management systems and reduce the requirement for customer audits.
The aerospace industry is a high risk sector and regulatory control is needed to capture the requirements and the importance of safety, reliability and maintainability at a global level.
AS9100 incorporates all the foundational elements of ISO 9001 but aims to improve confidence in the aerospace supply chain with more provisions in regulatory compliance to global aerospace standards.
- Key performance indicators established against key processes of the business
- Risk management process to critically review the business and identify mitigations to remove those risks
- In depth review of contractors and subcontractors to ascertain their risk to your business and their performance
- Verification of all products as well as monitoring of the products through its life cycle
- Documented control of production activities, equipment and tools
- Increased top management commitment and customer focus
At IMS we can offer AS9100 and AS9120 Certification and have the added benefit of having full time employed auditors and sub-contractors strategically located so we can react to clients needs quickly. IMS have quick turnaround KPIs in place which are monitored on a monthly basis to ensure we are meeting those and more importantly, clients needs.
All of the AS91XX series standards we upgraded to the latest revisions and we have successfully transferred a number of clients over the last twelve months due to our high level of service and the quality of our auditors. We focus on training and monitoring our auditors very closely and our CEO personally witnesses our auditors throughout the year on assessments to ensure that they are maintaining the high level of service and auditor competence expected.
Many organisations will upgrade from ISO 9001 to AS9100 in order to meet growing customer demands and also to demonstrate to their customers that they are maintaining excellent on-time delivery and quality rates. The audit to AS9100 or AS9120 can be daunting but from our experience the improvements seen by our clients have been exceptional.
Whether you are just getting started, in the implementation phase or now ready for certification, IMS can help you throughout your journey. If you would like a no obligation quotation, or would simply like to just speak to one of our expert auditors then please get in touch, we are always happy to help.
Benefits gained through AS9100 Certification?
Demonstrate high levels of On time delivery and quality to your customers
Identify weaknesses in your supply chain and implement necessary improvements
Build confidence into your management system
Ensure regulatory compliance
Open up and secure new clients within the aerospace industry
Increase efficiencies and streamline processes
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Computer Plating Specialists
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Transitioning to AS 9100: 2016 Revision D
As a high-risk sector where regulatory control is essential to set the requirements for safety, reliability and maintainability at a global level, the aerospace industry is accustomed to changing international regulation and compliance. However, the delayed publication of the standard AS 9100:2016/Revision D aerospace quality management system in 2016 has put aerospace and defence industries on the back foot. Not only is it a major revision with over 100 additional QMS requirements but the transition deadline is 15th September 2018, the same as ISO 9001: 2015.
This comprises the AS 9100:2016 series of standards, including AS 9120 – Requirements for Stockist Distributors and AS 9110 – Requirements for Maintenance Organisations.
AS 9100 incorporates all the foundational elements of ISO 9001:2015 but aims to improve confidence in the aerospace supply chain with more provisions in regulatory compliance to global aerospace standards.
Main differences from Revision C to Revision D:
- Context of the organisation
- Interested parties
- Product safety
- Counterfeit parts
- Human factors
- Operational risk management
The two new sub-clauses in AS9100 Rev. D are 8.1.3 ‘Product safety’ and 8.1.4 ‘Prevention of counterfeit parts’ and both appear in other areas of the standard where they were not previously included. ‘Human factors’ has also been added to 10.2 ‘Nonconformity and corrective actions’ and organisations will need to substantially increase risk management activities.
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