Re: Design Characteristics of the FAI (First Article Inspection)
AS9102 is not required by AS9100. It may be a customer requirement, but it is not a requirement of the standard. The standard (AS9100) does say that you need to have soem kind of process verification method, that assures that your process is in fact capable of producing a part, at least once and when you make changes (para. 188.8.131.52 in the new rev C). This process is called a first article. The standard also says that you have to comply with customer requirements. So if the customer wants AS9102, then you have to do AS9102. And yes, you must do EVERY characteristic. Even the ones called out in the body of the specifications (i.e. plating, welding, material, etc.).
AS9102 and AS9103 are two completely differnet animals. They may be linked and share some common traits, but they have two different goals or objectives. AS9103 is all about variation mangement throughthe application of a control plan (PCD). In order to have a contriol plan you need to be set-up to produce more than one part. If all you are making is one of something, then AS9103 is mute or pointless. The control plan comes later as you manufacture more parts and understand their (and your) key characteristics required to make a good part again and again.
Go to the IAQG OASIS web page. Open the SCMH (Supply Chain Mgmt Handbook), go to the table of contents, go to chapter 7 and open the links for variation of key characteristics and the training module for AS9102 first article.