Advanced Composite structures developer and manufacturer Creative Composites Inc. (Rapid River, Mich.) reported on Jan. 5 that it has received AS9100C accreditation, following an audit of its quality and production systems by American Systems Registrar (Wyoming, Mich.). Creative also provides 5-axis CNC machining and waterjet cutting services, along with MIG- and TIG-welding, bonding, assembly and painting services.
“We received our ISO9001:2008 certification in the fall of 2010 and, right away, we started looking to the next level,” recalls company president Brad McPhee. “We knew we needed to continually improve our systems, and many potential customers were requiring the AS9100 registration just to be considered as a potential supplier. We identified what it would take and found that our operations were already meeting many of the additional criteria. After reviewing the timing and resource needs, in April of 2012, we scheduled our registration stage 1 audit for October, giving us seven months to get our systems and documentation in place."
"This solidifies our entire organization," he continues, "and everyone has dedicated themselves to the process, fully understanding that it shows our commitment to continual improvement, translating into better quality for us, and better value for our customers.”
A quality management standard for the aerospace industry, AS9100 is designed to meet stringent, complex and unique demands of the defense and commercial aerospace industries. Similar to ISO 9001:2000, but with nearly 100 additional requirements specific to aerospace, AS9100 registration provides organizations with a comprehensive quality management system (QMS), focused on areas that directly impact product safety and reliability, including:
Configuration management — requires that management discipline be applied over the life cycle of a product to provide visibility and control of its functional and physical characteristics.
Design — ensures that design-responsible organizations have a robust design process to meet safety and reliability requirements demanded by the aerospace industry.
Purchasing — requires effective controls over the organization’s entire supply chain.
Product realization — ensures that each phase of product realization, from planning, procuring and manufacturing to shipment is controlled to provide for delivery of product that conforms to customer requirements.
Product monitoring/measurement — defines requirements for product validation prior to shipment.
For more information, contact Creative Composites, 7637 U.S. Hwy. 2, Rapid River, MI 49878; Tel.: (906) 474-9941; Fax: (906) 474-9934; Web site: www.creativecompositesinc.com.