Inexperienced Mechanical Inspectors and FAI's (First Article Inspection)

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Corsair

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I am in a dilemma in trying to convince management in to comply with ASME Y14.5 & 14.41 with our supply base.
We are in the process in reviewing FAI's for a new program and I am finding multiple errors on the 2D dwg's on which we didn't do a good job in reviewing before we flowed down the requirements to the suppliers.

It looks like these suppliers have no clues on inspection techniques or dwg readings because they went with the errors.
On top of that vendors are submitting FAI's on Net-Inspect and management is assigning individuals that never physically performed FAI's in their lives to buy off this FAI's
So the result is that they are buying FAI's that are meaningless with all kind of errors specially on Form 3 of Net.
What would be your advise on this topics?

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Corsair,

It reads as if your supplier selection criteria are inadequate (7.4.1)! So much for preventive action.

Your suppliers should now be taking corrective action to correct and remove the root causes of not being able to fulfill your specifications.

Your organization may have to get involved with the training and verification of competence. Your subcontracts may provide the means to back-charge incompetent subcontractors for the actual costs of doing this.

BTW, I would say not yet competent instead of inexperienced. Incompetence requires action; inexperienced suggests more of the same until they are experienced!

John
 
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