Using AS 9100 Processes for Smart Quality Management in the Aerospace Industry

Whitepaper | October, 2022

According to a McKinsey finding, the global aerospace and defense sector can create incremental annual EBITDA of $20 billion by embracing better digital transformation. This can be ensured by improving the operations at the OEM and supplier ends, expanding markets, and lowering costs across the value chain — including engineering, manufacturing, supply chain and procurement, aftermarket services, and support functions. Of course, at the core of all of these processes is top-notch quality performance. And the first step towards better quality is to automate the process of meeting regulatory requirements and staying in line with standards such as the AS 9100.

For companies in the aerospace industry, it is also critical to embrace AS 9100 requirements, which is based on ISO 9001 but is more comprehensive and is customized for the aerospace sector.

The ISO standard applicable to the aerospace industry is AS 9110 D, which, along with ISO 9001:2015, provides guidance to aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturers with best practices to ensure product quality. All primary and secondary parts suppliers and IAQG-accredited aircraft repair and maintenance units must be aligned to these standards to ensure better quality, lower cost, and enhanced delivery performance.

The aerospace industry is highly globalized, requiring it to meet varied regional/national expectations, regulations, and standards. The responsibility of ensuring the quality of the end-product after integrating components sourced from suppliers from across the world falls on the OEM. Thus, compliance can become a challenge.

In this whitepaper, we talk about:

  • Quality management in VUCA world
  • ISO 9001 principles and their importance in the Aerospace Sector
  • Automation of AS 9100 processes
  • And more

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