Precision Plate Ltd.


AS9100D Quality System Update

AS9100D is a widely adopted and standardized quality management system for the aerospace industry.

It was released in October, 1999, by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the European Association of Aerospace Industries. AS9100D fully incorporates the entirety of the current version of ISO 9000, while adding additional requirements relating to quality and safety.

Major aerospace manufacturers and suppliers worldwide require compliance and/or registration to AS9100D as a condition of doing business with them.

AS9100D defines additional areas within an aerospace quality management system that must be addressed when implementing a quality system. Typically, these requirements are included within robust aerospace quality systems. These additions are essential to ensure product, process and service safety and quality.

Plating processes for sophisticated aircraft components require special attention during all the production steps. It's important, for example, to ensure that the correct revision of the engineering documentation is being used and documented within the work instructions, and that work performance is recorded.
Controlling production processes is essential to demonstrate that operations have been correctly performed. This is especially important when conducting special processes that don't lend themselves to after-the-fact inspection techniques.

 The aircraft and aerospace industries are quickly embracing AS9100D as a means of improving quality and on-time delivery within their supply chain. Public demand for safety and reliability drives the need for product quality to approach near perfection. The only way to work towards perfection through continuous improvement. Quality management systems in conjunction with third party audits are integral to continuous improvement.

Benefits of AS9100D

  • Reduced costs are obtained through improved product reliability

  • Better process control and flow

  • Better documentation of processes

  • Greater employee quality awareness

  • Reductions in product scrap, reworks and rejections