First Article Inspection - FAI for every new product launch

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piapia

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Hello!
I get a bit confused about fai application. Actually i'm a begginer in AS9100 and also in quality so i don't know if this is an absurd question...

My company produces harnesses according to customer's documents so we do not do designing part of the work. And we do fai if customers requires and keep the records. (fai is approved by customer)

And the question is do we have to do fai for every new product launch and keep the records of them to validate our own production processes??

I look forward about your comments. Thank you.

Pinar
 
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Hello, I am sorry this response took so long.

First Article Inspection is not just for items designed in house; it is also for ensuring the manufacturing process is good to go forward. Therefore I would certainly do it for every new product launch, and I would keep good records for my own reference and the interest of clients and auditors.
 
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If you are AS9100B registered or even if you claim to be AS9100B compliant, you don't have a choice. You need to do perform First Article Inspection per element 8.2.4.2.

You not only need to do it on the first run, you must repeat it any time you make a change that invalidates the previous one.

Here is the wording of 8.2.4.2:

"First Article Inspection: The organization's system shall provide for the inspection, verification, and documentation of a representative sample from the first production run of a new part, or following any subsequent change that invalidates the previous first article inspection result."

There is a note following that says to see AS9102 for guidance.

I strongly recommend you get a copy of AS9102 and study it. It is short and to the point.
 
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koalatee

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A question was posed in a company quality meeting concerning First Article requirements. If a customer of ours waives a First Article requirement via Purchase Order, can we still maintain compliance with [FONT=&quot]8.2.4.2 [/FONT]and [FONT=&quot]7.5.1.3 [/FONT]of the AS9100 Standard? This always seems to come up with customers who typically make requests such as 'hurry up and build it and ship it to us ASAP so we can do a fit check".
 
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George Holz

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Aside from what the standard says, what is in the best interest of your company? Build at least one extra part and complete your documented inspection after shipping the "urgent" part. What if your customer says, "Your part fits good, make a million more just like it.". You make them and then they don't fit. If you have no documentation of parts from the first run, you have nothing to stand on. What if the first part actually had a deviation in it and that is what made the part fit?

As far as documentation goes, you need a system for "Urgent Release" that includes this post shipment product validation.
 
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