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Mark Hammar

Design verification vs. design validation in AS9100 Rev D

In the minds of many people, there can be confusion between the meanings of “design verification” and “design validation” within the Quality Management System (QMS), and sometimes people will use these terms interchangeably. However, these two terms have distinct meanings within the design process defined in the AS9100 Rev D requirements. …

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Mark Hammar

Gap analysis vs. internal audit in AS9100: What is the difference?

There are many terms used when implementing an aerospace Quality Management System (QMS) using the requirements of the AS9100 Rev D standard, and these can sometimes be confusing. Two of these terms that are often confused are gap analysis and internal audit, and understanding the difference between these two concepts …

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Mark Hammar

6 common myths about AS9100 Rev D

There are many expectations and assumptions about AS9100 Rev D, but only some of these are true. When you are creating an aerospace Quality Management System (QMS) using the requirements of AS9100 Rev D, it is important to separate the fact from the fiction so that you know what to …

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Mark Hammar

Is the management representative still required in AS9100 Rev D?

If you are familiar with how a Quality Management System (QMS) works, or any other management system for that matter, you will likely understand the concept of having a management representative for the QMS. This concept of having one member of top management who is the focal person for the …

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Mark Hammar

5 key elements of risk management in AS9100 Rev D

With the latest release of ISO 9001:2015, upon which AS9100 Rev D is based, the concept of risk-based thinking has been introduced into the Quality Management System (QMS) of companies around the world. However, managing risk has always been part of the aerospace industry, and these requirements were not enough. …

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Mark Hammar

Understanding configuration management in AS9100 Rev D

In the aerospace industry, the configuration of an item is extremely important, and this importance is made apparent by the fact that there are configuration management requirements in AS9100 Rev D for creating an aerospace Quality Management System (QMS). However, exactly what configuration management is can be confusing for many; …

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Mark Hammar

Five special aerospace terms in AS9100 Rev D

The aerospace industry has some unique requirements, and that is why AS9100 Rev D has taken the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and added additional requirements for an aerospace Quality Management System (QMS). These requirements are added in bold and italics so that they are easily distinguishable as additions; however, the …

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