In Reply to Parent Post by zaboss
I have a client who has ISO 9001 implemented. It is a company that sells parts to airline companies and jet repair services. They learned about the AS 9100 standard and asked me if is worth implement it. I am not very familiar with AS 9100 so I appreciate any indication. Thank you,
Welcome to the Cove.
All the elements of ISO 9001:2000 are contained within AS9100 B. There is a lot more added by the aerospace industry so I wouldn't venture to say it was an easy or inexpensive transition. Your client has a good start by being ISO 9001.
Most aerospace customers I know require AS9100 certification. There are a lot of issues that intertwine within the aerospace supply chain and it is found that requiring certification is generally pushed down the chain.
Is it worth it? I certainly think it is. I like the aerospace structure. I think it develops more of a partnership than does the TS 16949 automotive standard and defines a solid quality base for use in any industry. I like the instilled disciplines and the logic used in process development and management.
The aerospace industry is becoming a big part of our corporate plan as it will for many others. If your client is serious about becoming part of this growing industry I would suggest they step up and develop an AS9100 system. They will find their customers (the big dollar ones anyway) will soon require it.