This highly regulated and competitive environment demands uniform standards at all stages of the supply chain. In fact, major aerospace manufacturers and suppliers worldwide require compliance and/or registration to AS9100 as a condition of doing business with them.
The industry certainly takes notice when those standards change. That’s certainly the case with AS9100, which was primarily developed for the aviation, space and defense industry, but can also be used in other businesses to improve quality, schedule and cost performance.
An updated standard – AS9100C – went into effect last year. Among the changes, 9100C:
- Incorporates ISO 9001:2008 changes
- Expands scope to include land- and sea-based systems for defense applications
- Ensures alignment with IAQG strategy (on-time, on-quality performance)
- Adopts new requirements based on stakeholder needs
- Improves existing requirements
One key focus of AS9100C is meeting customer delivery and/or quality indicators. Customer focus is critical to Revision C, and we encourage all AS9100-registered companies to take a hard look at this requirement.
We can help. Our Sue Snyder is gaining a national reputation for AS9100 training and audits, and she’d be happy to help you decipher the changes.
This post was written by Roy D'Ardenne