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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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Mark Hammar

How Does AS9101, AS9102 & AS9103 Relate to AS9100 Rev D?

Like many management system standards, AS9100 Rev D has some supporting standards that are written to support an aerospace quality management system (QMS) that is created using the requirements of the AS9100 Rev D standard. While many of these exist, there are three that are of key interest to the organization …

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Mark Hammar

What are the clarifications in Appendix A of AS9100 Rev D used for?

When reading through the requirements of AS9100 Rev D to discover what needs to be done to implement an aerospace quality management system (QMS), many people overlook the appendices that are included to help you better understand what the standard requires. In this article I would like to quickly describe …

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Mark Hammar

Can companies still exclude design and development from their AS9100 Rev D QMS?

One question that keeps coming up is whether a company can exclude the design and development requirements of AS9100 Rev D from their aerospace Quality Management System (QMS), and the rules have changed around what exclusions are and are not acceptable. So, what does this mean to your company? In …

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Mark Hammar

What is process validation in AS9100 Rev D?

One concept that seems to confuse people when implementing AS9100 Rev D is how process validation fits into the aerospace Quality Management System (QMS). What is process validation? When is process validation required? What specific aerospace requirements exist for process validation? What documented information do you need? Find out below. …

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Mark Hammar

Who is the best person to be AS9100D quality representative?

The role of the quality management representative has been part of the aerospace Quality Management System (QMS) for a long time, and even though other QMS standards, such as ISO 9001:2015, have removed this requirement, it has been left in the requirements of AS9100 Rev D. If you are transitioning …

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Mark Hammar

How understanding process interactions improves the AS9100 Rev D-based QMS

Within the requirements of AS9100 Rev D, there is a necessity to not only identify the sequence and interactions of the processes of your aerospace Quality Management System (QMS), but also to maintain this as documented information. While this requirement to understand your QMS processes and their interaction has been …

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Philip F. Scott

Integrating an AS9100 Quality Management System into business processes

The AS9100 Quality Management System (QMS) standard anticipated that organizations would make customer satisfaction and continual improvement cornerstones of their business strategy. Elements of the standard implicitly supported this. However, some organizations achieved certification without integrating the QMS into the business, and it had no measurably positive impact on the …

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