What we found out was that Glenn was not only a consultant, but he had also managed manufacturing organizations so he understood the issues faced by manufactures today. He reinforced the training by hands on activities.... we as a management team was learning to think out of the conventional box - move away from existing paradigms, and we began to look a new and better ways of conducting our business. In summary, our management team is better equipped to deal with the increasing cost of doing business. We are learning to move away from conventional thinking to now examining new and different ways to do our business. The training was awesome - an eye opener and I recommend it to anyone who is serious about surviving in the US economy as it is today.

-- Lee Ferris

Early in 2009, the IAQG released Revision C to AS9100, the aerospace quality management system (QMS) standard. This revision marks the first significant change to the standard since its initial release. AS9100 Series standards are maintained and harmonized through the workings of the IAQG and are recognized worldwide. The IAQG is composed of OEMs & prime suppliers across the Americas, European and Asia-Pacific sectors.

The process of rewriting AS9100 started back in 2005 by gathering stakeholder input. These stakeholders included civil aviation authorities, defense and space authorities, certification bodies, trade associations, suppliers and IAQG member companies. The input came in the form of comments and each comment (approximately 350) had to be addressed as part of the process.

  1. Incorporate the ISO 9001:2008 base requirements
  2. Expand the scope from an aerospace standard to an aviation, space and defense standard
  3. Ensure alignment with IAQG strategies for on-time, on-quality performance
  4. Incorporate new requirements based on the needs of stakeholders
  5. Improve existing requirements based on needs identified by stakeholders.

Revising this standard entailed a process of survey, discussion and review, which due to the broad and international nature of stakeholders took several years to complete. The outcome is a valuable standard applicable to a wider array of complex systems heavily dependent on international networks of suppliers throughout the supply chain. It is suitable to be used by all sizes of organizations engaged in the various levels of product complexity and is no longer just an “aerospace standard”, but an “aviation, space and defense” standard.

Suppliers should now be achieving AS9100C certification.

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