AS9100C and Beyond – Where’s the SPACE Part? – LinkedIn

Here is a discussion that those working on SAE counterfeit prevention related standards should learn from.

From the AS9100 and Aerospace Quality LinkedIn group …

AS9100C and Beyond – Where’s the SPACE Part?
“… examples of how space and defense are being shoved aside …”

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2 thoughts on “AS9100C and Beyond – Where’s the SPACE Part? – LinkedIn

  1. Kevin Beard says:

    Interesting article, but the body of the case presented doesn’t accurately address the title regarding ‘how space and defense are being shoved aside’. Anyone that was involved as a member or participant at the AAQG or IAQG over the past 5-6 years would understand that Space and Defense has had significant impact on the various standards, training, and guidance material products that are an output of these committees.

    The AAQG/IAQG is made up of 3 main streams

    Relationship Stream – Industry needs
    • Defense Forum
    • Space Forum
    • Civil Aviation Working Group
    • MROs

    Improvement – Standards & Guidance
    • Requirements
    • People Capability
    • Product & Supply Chain Improvement
    • Performance

    Operations
    • OMS
    • Other Party Management (AB’s, CB’s, etc.)
    • Integration

    The ‘Relationship’ stream is responsible for understanding the needs of the industry sectors and influencing the requirements and oversight streams. The Space Forum in the USA has members that include NASA, MDA, DOD, JHU APL, and many of the industry Primes. As an active member of the Space Forum and Defense Forum I would like to share some of the historic and current activities where Space & Defense are impacting many of the AAQG/IAQG outputs.

    So in staying with the title of the article, ‘AS9100c and Beyond’ – Where’s the Space Part’. I provide the following insights.

    -AS9100C standard-
    With the C revision of AS9100, the Space Forum actually had the largest influence of any group in the latest release. The Space Forum was highly responsible of items like:
    • Risk Management
    • Supplier Risk Management
    • Configuration Management
    • Project Management
    • Special Requirements/Critical Items
    • Broader Definition of Quality Objectives in 7.1
    • And a handful of other wording modifications to better work in the Space Community
    The Space Forum has also contributed to the IAQG guidance and training material on these topics that has been made publically available to the Industry supply chain for their use.

    -Beyond-
    The next revision of the AS9100 standard is projected for late 2015/early 2016. Again the Space & Defense Forums are active in developing input to the next revision. This past week the AAQG Space/Defense Forums held a meeting to pull together inputs to the IAQG AS9100d working group. Numerous items were collected, with the most relevant one for this Blog site being language on Counterfeit Parts. Two sets of language were presented, one of which was from Brian Hughitt from NASA. Brian indicated that the language he was presenting had been reviewed by some of the industry leaders on Counterfeit Parts Prevention. It was unfortunate that the challenges associated with Counterfeit Parts did not become significant until the C revision of AS9100 was on its way to being published. But it won’t be missed this time.

    -So where is the Space Part-
    So from the above experiences that I have had with the Space & Defense Forums, I believe that many of the needs of these industry sectors have been and will continue to be addressed.

    • Thanks for your comments, Kevin.

      Re “It was unfortunate that the challenges associated with Counterfeit Parts did not become significant until the C revision of AS9100 was on its way to being published. But it won’t be missed this time.”

      Unfortunate indeed. I would say it was tragic. Given the writing on the wall appeared more than one-half decade ago, IAQG should have initiated definitive steps then. I hope that this will now get the attention it needs to drive consistent and meaningful expectations throughout the supply chain for counterfeit avoidance.

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