Configuration Management For Design and Development (Clause 7.1.3)

T

Tanahy

#1
Hello everyone,
I am preparing for a transition Gap Analysis from AS9100 Rev. B to Rev. C. In the design and development section Clause 7.3 Quote"Design and development changes shall be controlled in accordance with the configuration management process" Unquote.

In my organization, we design some components that we get manufactured by outside contractors. How would you go on complying with this requirement in this case.

Thanks,
 
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D

ddunn

#2
I'm not sure I understand the nature of the problem.
The configuration management process applies to design and development and would be basically the same no matter where the product is manufactured. The only difference would be coordination of change implementation.
 
T

Tanahy

#4
Thank you DDUN and Courey!
I think that flowing down the configuration management requirements to the supplier is what I was missing.

Thanks again,
Tanahy
 
K

kiwisfly

#5
Hi Tanahy,
Both you and the supplier have Configuration Management responsibilities, you as the designer and the supplier as the manufacturer. You both use 'configuration documents'; the most obvious being specifications and drawings but models and NC programs are also relevant to the right configuration.

As the designer you have the responsibility to control the configuration of your design in a manner that ensures that the supplier receives the correct configuration documents. You want to ensure that two designers aren't working on the same component at the same time, for example. The manufacturer may have a suggested design change that you need to put through your review system for consideration and update.

Both these examples are processes that you might individually control under different names such as document control and engineering change request. However, they both contribute to the wider configuration management system you have in place as part of your aerospace quality management system.

I hope this helps.

Cheers,
 
C

Citizen Kane

#6
You should have this by a common flow & official communication channel between you and your supplier. So you must both have configuration management. As tracking, you can have a common intranet solution between you and your supplier to monitor also your ECNs/ECRs (also needed a Change Responsible as a PM to trigger this) - if missing, this will come as an issue later.
 
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