AS9100C (soon to be AS9100D) is the first international standard which explicitly defines the ways through which aerospace manufacturers can improve their quality systems. The standard was developed to improve the production quality in the aerospace industry and means by which outstanding service and customer satisfaction could be provided. It follows the rules defined by its predecessor, ISO 9001, an international standard meant for defining ways to improve quality management systems regardless of country or origin. You could say that quality knows no language, or better yet that all languages speak and know quality.
There are several benefits which could be availed through the AS9100 standard as it gives consistent verification methods along with step by step audit procedures. The standard was released in October 1999 by the European Association of Aerospace Industries in Europe and by the Society of Automotive Engineers in America. Different versions of the standard were also released in Asia and Japan which provided corporate benefits to the aerospace organizations all over the world.
The AS9100 standard defines ways on how to address issues in quality management systems as they pertain to services and products provided to the aerospace industry and provides methods to bring up a solution for them. Basically, the main methodology behind this standard is to improve the performance of aerospace systems and make them follow the same steps for monitoring quality of manufacturing aerospace technologies. The experts who have documented this standard along with the representatives who provided an authentication believe that the principals given by the standard are vital to ensure process, product, quality and service safety. All of the quality management systems are meant to address the basic requirements of the customers and the AS9100 standard defines the approaches which must be followed to create a robust quality management system. This system should contain realistic methods on how to handle complex processes within the organization.
The requirements and clarifications provided in the standard are followed mostly from the ISO 9001 standard, but some improvements are made in the AS9100 standard which are beneficial for the aerospace manufacturers. The best practices are outlined along with ways to manage the quality management for your organization. Mostly, the standard focuses on key areas such as process, performance service and quality management. It is also required for the organization to develop a document consisting of work process and it should be maintained regularly. Planning the product realization is mandatory for an efficient and effective process.
The standard focuses on detailed supplementation in the development and design processes. You are required to maintain the verification of quality management as your product is being manufactured. The process data must be saved for future audits to avail the AS9100 certification. The standard covers the planning required for development activities and ensure to maintain quality of the product being manufactured. It is essential to develop notes for design and development verification to show what the areas of emphasis where during the work process.