Due to the “high-risk” nature of the aerospace industry, aerospace and defense manufacturers, as well as their suppliers, are expected to comply with complex contractual requirements and regulations such as AS9100. AS9100 is the internationally recognized quality management standard specifically written for the aerospace industry; it is based on the ISO 9001 quality management system (QMS) standard. Compliance with specification is confirmed through a complex auditing and certification process. While meeting the requirements of an AS9100 QMS audit can be a daunting task, AS9100 quality management software can simplify the process.
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AS9100 QMS is a quality management standard designed specifically for aviation, space, and defense companies. Prior to discussing the benefits of implementing AS9100 quality management software, let us examine the standard itself, and why it is so important.
When it comes to building aircrafts and other sophisticated aerospace equipment, there is no margin for error. Mistakes in the manufacturing process can cause the aircraft or aviation device to malfunction, which can result in product and delivery delays at best, and the loss of human life at worst. To avoid such calamities, aerospace manufacturers must ensure that all of their manufacturing processes and procedures are well documented and carried out accurately and consistently. The AS9100 quality management system standard was developed to promote and continuous product and process improvement in the aerospace supply chain, with an additional focus on ensuring on-time and on-quality deliveries.
AS9100 QMS was introduced in 1999 by the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE). As previously mentioned, the AS standard is based on ISO 9001; however, it has been supplemented with standards specific to civil and military aerospace applications. In 2009, the AS9100 quality management system standard was revised as AS9100:2009 Revision C or AS9100C. The additions to the AS9100 can be onerous, which is why best-in-class aerospace manufactures have come to rely on automated quality management software like MasterControl to help them achieve AS9100 certification.
When implemented and used correctly, an automated quality management system can greatly assist aviation, space, and defense companies in achieving AS9100 QMS certification which, in turn, delivers many important business advantages. These advantages include:
Over the years, companies involved in the production or manufacturing of parts and products used by the aviation industry have adopted a wide range of IT solutions. As a result, they are now left with a cluster of homegrown systems and a hodgepodge of legacy products. These disconnect systems and products often result in miscommunication, lost or misplaced documents, manufacturing errors, and production delays—the very issues the AS9100 quality management system standard was designed to address.
MasterControl's AS9100 quality management software electronically organizes, archives, and controls all compliance-related documentation into one lean, paperless QMS. In addition, MasterControl’s AS9100 QMS add-on products allow users to create a unified solution for managing a wide-range of AS9100 compliance process requirements, such as audit risk management, audit management, and supplier management, across the enterprise.
To learn more about MasterControl’s AS9100 Quality Management Software Systems (QMS), contact a MasterControl representative.