These are genuinely difficult times, even for an industry that tends to go from boom to bust with nothing in between. Very few black swan events have impacted an industry in the same way that COVID-19 has affected the travel business and overall aerospace industry.
All too often, root cause analysis is treated as an ex post facto requirement when dispositioning a defect tag, completed only so that inspectors can show internal and external auditors that an issue has been taken care of. Rarely is the true root cause identified, and there is almost never a follow-up to make sure the implemented corrective action was actually effective.
The acronym "TAPAS" originated from a presentation to the leadership team responsible for the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) that was provided during a visit to Washington, D.C. The presentation was about how to manage and best utilize the enormous amount of data they were receiving from many different sources.
With new technology in machine tools, it is possible to predictably manufacture components that are close to the nominal specification for every feature. This means that tolerances that are called out in the specifications can be significantly tightened.
First, I would like to sincerely thank all our wonderful customers and users around the world. Without their help and encouragement over the last 20 years, we would not have been able to achieve the global deployment of our software platform.
Twenty-one years ago, Net-Inspect was launched as one of the first producers of cloud-based software in the world. Little did we realize at the time how valuable a fully decentralized platform would be during crises like the current pandemic.
In late 2016, the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) released a new standard, AS9145, communicating the requirements for Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) for the aviation, space, and defense industries.
Over the past few years, we have helped hundreds of companies-both large and small-adopt Net-Inspect as their end-to-end Supply Chain and Quality Management Software (QMS) solution.
Aerospace is one of the few industries with a defined standard for First Article Inspection, so potential customers in other industries sometimes ask us, "What is the value of a FAI Report?"
We regularly come across companies that are battling an unusually high volume of scrap and rework. They all have the desire to reduce or even eliminate scrap and rework, but they frequently do not know where to start.
We receive many inquiries each week about our comprehensive Quality Management Software (QMS) solution, and every company we speak to has different motivations for investigating the QMS options available in the marketplace. Here are the top five reasons that we hear from companies around the world.
Starting in January 2020, the Department of Defense will roll out a new process for assessing the cyber hygiene of prime contractors. The assessment will be conducted using a new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework.
Parts are frequently rejected because receiving inspection used a different technique and/or instruments and came up with different results than the final inspection of the supplier. If the method of measuring and the exact bubbled location on the drawing are not identified together with the measurement retained, this process becomes just an elaborate go or no-go inspection that cannot be duplicated by the receiving inspection of the customer.
Accurate and consistent measurement techniques may sound like an obvious requirement but these all too frequently compete with the need to ship and in many cases, take second place to a quick "go or no-go" inspection. The value in collecting accurate and consistent measurements and analyzing them in real time is an invaluable tool for not only process improvement, but also maintaining the improved process.
In the 1960s, a group of auto enthusiasts got together to find innovative ways to improve their hot rods. They did not have a lot of money so they had to work with stock products that came from the big three auto manufacturers. At that time, mass production at companies like General Motors and Ford were very erratic. Close enough was good enough. Sometimes you got a good engine and a good car. More often, you had a real lemon that had to be rebuilt after a few thousand miles.
Determining which of your suppliers are capable of producing quality parts can be a mere guessing game. What if you had the opportunity to analyze real data to help you select the appropriate supplier? Read on to find out how you can select the right supplier every time and improve the quality of their products.
With the increased pressure to reduce costs, more components than ever are being outsourced to sub-tiers for manufacturing. Even for the smallest parts in a complex assembly, there is a need for greater supply chain visibility and enforcement of quality requirements through to the sub-tiers. Learn how you can gain supply chain visibility and improve the quality of manufacturing through these 7 ways.