A focus on Supply Chain Management
Leading aerospace companies increasingly require their suppliers to become certified to AS 9100, AS 9110, and/or AS 9120. This trend places a heavy emphasis on supply chain management – a development that resulted in significantly increased demand. With an increase to more than 400 certified sites worldwide, DQS ranks among the most significant certification bodies for the aerospace industry.
AS 9100 / AS 9110 / AS 9120
Aerospace industry suppliers that compete in an environment of high-risk products, either goods or services, benefit from the AS 9100 and 9120 standards. For the manufacturer (AS9100) or distributors (AS9120), these standards strategically enhance their quality management system.
AS 9110 is a standard that defines the requirements for a quality management system (QMS) for organizations whose primary business is providing maintenance repair, and overhaul services (MRO’s) in the aircraft industry.
AS 9120 standard builds on AS 9100 with additional requirements specific to distributors who carry aircraft components such as fasteners, electronics, and gaskets. AS 9120 focuses on product safety, performance, and conformity to specifications. The standard also ensures that products are handled properly through the chain of custody, traceability, and the availability of records.
What can be achieved?
- Continual improvement
- Increased error prevention
- Strengthening of reliability and process capability in an organization’s value chain
- A high degree of customer satisfaction
- Employee satisfaction
AS91xx series of standards offer a framework for comprehensive quality management systems based on ISO 9001.
In the course of neutral and independent assessments, the industry-authenticated DQS auditors focus on the identification of potential for improvement. This approach supplies significant momentum for improving productivity beyond the simple confirmation of conformance.
Benefits of certification include:
- Visible sign of the fulfillment of OEM requirements
- The organization is listed as a certified supplier in the OASIS database
- Cost savings Integration of requirements from the normative and legally regulated areas
- A transparent and logical structuring, release, and alteration of requirements, specifications, and products – by way of configuration management
AS91XX:2016 – The AS&D Industries are developing the 2016 release of the AS standards (AS9100, AS9110, AS9120, and AS9101). The AS 9100:2016, AS 9110:2016, AS 9120:2016 revisions are based on ISO 9001:2015.
AS 9100:2016 has been released in Sep 2016, and AS 9110:2016 and AS 9120:2016 standards has been released in Nov 2016.
- March 1, 2017 – all currently certified organizations must have communicated with their CB to establish a commitment date for standard transition readiness.
- June 15, 2017 – all audits started after this date must be to AS 9100/9110/9120:2016.
- June 15, 2018 – all currently certified organizations should have completed audits for AS 9100/9110/9120:2016.
- Sept 15, 2018 – all certificates to AS 9100/9110/9120:2009 will no longer be valid.