AS9145 progressing at a pace
The publication of AS9145 is progressing at a rapid rate. The Proposed Draft was released on 11 January 2016 following inputs from the EAQG, AAQG and the APAQG. Significate inputs came from Boeing and Airbus. AS9145 standardizes the requirements for the PDP (Product Development Process) through the use of APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning) and PPAP (Production Part Approval Process) methodologies.
For the aerospace/defence supply chain a significant new requirement has been added to the previously released draft. This requires that “When this standard (AS9145) is invoked by the organization or flowed down as a general contractual requirement, the scope of products for which it applies shall be established”. Typically this would be done using defined criteria linked to specific customer requirements. The implication is clear - AS9145 is likely to be a widespread customer requirements in much the same manner as AS9102 and AS9103.When this standard is flowed down as a general contractual requirement, the scope of applicability will be established between the organization and the customer concerned.
Suppliers must remember that many additional ‘quality tools’ are included within the AS9145 requirements including systematised risk management tools e.g. Capacity Assessments, DFMEAs (Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis), (Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis) PFMEAs, MSA (Measurement Systems Analysis), Capability Studies, SPC, etc.
There is therefore a need for suppliers to upskill their personnel and well as implementing a practical process to handle APQP and PPAP whenever mandated by customers. Check out TEC's IRCA-certified 2-day training course.