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Mark Hammar

How much does AS9100 Rev D implementation cost?

How much is this going to cost? This is one of the first questions that will be asked of you when you suggest using the requirements of AS9100 Rev D to implement an aerospace Quality Management System (QMS) for your company. It is no surprise that top management is most …

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Mark Hammar

How long does AS9100 implementation take?

When starting on the implementation of AS9100 Rev D to create your aerospace Quality Management System (QMS), one of the first answers that top management wants to know is how long it will take. Unfortunately, there is not one simple answer to this question, because the implementation differs from company …

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Mark Hammar

AS9100 consultant: How to choose the right one

Sometimes it is more efficient to get some help implementing the AS9100 Rev D aerospace quality management system (QMS). If you have chosen to do this, you will be looking for a consultant to give you a hand. Unsurprisingly, not every consultant is equal, and choosing the right one for your …

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Mark Hammar

How to address risks and opportunities in AS9100

The latest version of AS9100 Rev D includes two separate considerations for addressing risk in the aerospace quality management system (QMS). One is new to the standard: clause 6.1 Actions to address risks and opportunities and comes from incorporating ISO 9001:2015. The other, clause 8.1.1 Operational risk management, was included …

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Mark Hammar

Practical guidance on preventing counterfeit parts by applying AS9100 Rev D

In AS9100 Rev D, the new requirements for understanding and implementing processes for preventing the use of counterfeit parts within your aerospace Quality Management System (QMS) reflects a growing concern within the aerospace industry of the use of parts that are not what they claim to be. If this applies …

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Mark Hammar

How to implement product safety requirements according to AS9100 Rev D

AS9100 Rev D has introduced new requirements for identifying and placing control for product safety into your aerospace Quality Management System (QMS), but these requirements can be confusing for many companies that have not identified product safety issues in the past. This article tells you how to interpret the product …

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Mark Hammar

How to document roles and responsibilities according to AS9100 Rev D

Roles and responsibilities are critical to the proper functioning of the aerospace Quality Management System (QMS), and they need to be defined by top management of the company. This is one of the key requirements of leadership in AS9100 Rev D; but, as with all requirements of the standard, there …

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Mark Hammar

How to write the AS9100D Quality Policy

The Quality Policy is written to communicate the main goal that top management wants to be achieved by the AS9100 Rev D Quality Management System (QMS). As such, the Quality Policy is one of the most important statements made in the aerospace Quality Management System, as this policy aligns the …

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Mark Hammar

12 most important human factors to consider according to AS9100 Rev D

AS9100 Rev D contains a couple of requirements that include the consideration of human factors when designing the aerospace Quality Management System (QMS) for your company. These requirements include considering actions to prevent human error (clause 8.5.1g) and thinking about causes of nonconformity that come from human factors when processing corrective …

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Mark Hammar

What is FOD according to AS9100 Rev D?

When reviewing AS9100 Rev D for the requirements needed to create your aerospace Quality Management System (QMS), you will come across several requirements for “prevention, detection, and removal of foreign objects.” So, the question arises, what does this mean, and how does it apply to your business? Here is a …

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Mark Hammar

Advantages and disadvantages of an AS9100 Integrated Management System

When you are implementing an aerospace Quality Management System (QMS) using the requirements of AS9100 Rev D, you may find that you are integrating a lot of support processes for your QMS that work alongside the main processes to provide products and services. This may lead you to look at …

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Mark Hammar

Using AS9100 Rev D for variation management of key characteristics

When implementing your aerospace Quality Management System (QMS) you will very likely come across the concept of key characteristics in your customer requirements, even before you review the requirements of AS9100 Rev D. This concept, and the necessity to manage the key characteristics of a product, are deeply ingrained in the …

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Philip F. Scott

How Risk Prevention and Continual Improvement are Related in AS9100 Rev D

Effectively using simple risk management tools prevents process defects and achieves continual improvement of the quality management system. It may be obvious to readers that AS9100 Rev D no longer explicitly requires organizations to have a preventive action system. While this is technically true, risk-based thinking – a preventive concept – …

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Mark Hammar

How does First Article Inspection fit into AS9100 Rev D?

There is a requirement within AS9100 Rev D that your aerospace quality management system (QMS) contains requirements to perform a process referred to as, “First Article Inspection” (FAI), but what is this and how is it done? In this article I will try to answer these two questions. What is first …

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Mark Hammar

How does AS9110 & AS9120 relate to AS9100 Rev D?

Before you start implementing your aerospace quality management system (QMS) using the requirements of AS9100 Rev D, have you considered that there may be a more relevant standard for your company? It may be a surprise that AS9100 is not the only quality management system standard that has been developed …

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