- 18 October 2017
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Specialized certifications can make all the difference in giving your company a competitive edge, especially when bidding for high-level contracts. Those in the Aerospace and Defense industry will be familiar with the AS9100 audit, which was created specifically to certify A&D manufacturers that adhere to the highest standards of production quality. It is endorsed by the three biggest players in American A&D: the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
The AS9100 audit examines all aspects of a company’s operations outside of finances, including its policies and processes from material sourcing all the way to product delivery. Not only is receiving an AS9100 certificate a boost to a manufacturer’s competitiveness; it also is an affirmation of the quality standards in place at an organization.
The Difference Between AS9100 and ISO 9001
The International Organization for Standardization is the world’s best-known quality management standard. ISO 9001 standards apply to quality management processes across industries. AS9100, meanwhile, was created to serve as a strict set of eyes specifically for the A&D sector. As such, it provides a much more detailed, wide-reaching certification to companies working in this booming industry.
AS9100 includes sections pertaining to product realization — the actual intellectual creation and construction of quality A&D devices. Other parts of AS9100 deal with the following, all specific to A&D:
- Management of materials and personnel
- Employee training procedures
- Oversight and monitoring
- Data measuring
- Project management tactics
- Verification and validation procedures
- Post-delivery support
These audits are performed by a third-party firm and can be quite involved, especially if an auditor has to wade through stockpiles of unorganized information. This is where enterprise resource planning, or ERP, can offer an advantage.
How ERP Helps With An AS9100 Audit
Obtaining an AS9100 certificate is a time-consuming process if your organization’s compliance documentation must be culled from assorted places, people, and machines. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
If your organization is running a robust ERP solution tailored to meet A&D specifications, your management team — and any auditors — have a bird’s eye view of the manufacturing process from start to finish. ERP is built for compliance. If you’re running the right ERP, you already have the standards and the documentation hard-coded into your operations to meet high-level compliance requirements. ERP makes accessing, analyzing, and contextualizing information easier for your both your company’s management and the auditors who issue an AS9100 certificate.