Two of these standards are known as the AS9100 and NADCAP Certification.
These regulations often fall at the hands of OEM manufacturers, who must ensure they follow these guidelines. When it comes to AS9100 and NADCAP Certification, one is not better than the other, although it is important to note that a company must be AS9100 certified before NADCAP auditing can take place.
So, let’s take a dive into the two certifications and what they mean for aerospace companies.
What Is AS9100 Certification?
AS9100 is among one of the most common manufacturing certifications. It is used for audit and quality management for OEMs and suppliers and is made by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG).
But, it doesn’t stop at IAQG member companies. The world’s aerospace supply chain, including the defense and space sectors, civil aviation authorities, regional and national defense authorities, registration/certification bodies, and others are also a part of this critical group of stakeholders.
In today’s world, the aerospace industry moves quickly. Piasecki Aircraft, an AS9100 certified company, recently partnered with HyPoint Partners to develop a hydrogen fuel cell system for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle applications. This is a $6.5 million agreement and will be held at the standards of this certification upon testing.
AS9100 certification indicates that an OEM has high-quality communication and quality system in place. They must also have passed several additional requirements for safety and quality control. This is a sign that a manufacturer is high-quality and they are following the standards in the industry.
What is NADCAP?
NADCAP is the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program. It was established in 1990 by the Society of Automotive Engineers and was meant to provide an accreditation program for companies in aerospace-related industries. The Performance Review Institute (PRI) conducts audits and AS9110 is a prerequisite for NADCAP Certification.
Recently, metal 3D printing in aerospace received its NADCAP certification. The goal is to help save crucial pounds for the weight of an aircraft, and this method met the same vigorous standards as other aerospace industry colleagues.
As an industry-driven certification, it is covered by company-level accreditation. It focuses on specific processes, such as chemical processing, coatings, heat treating, conventional machining, non-destructive testing, and welding.
When looking for a manufacturer make sure your partners are certified and following AS9100 and NADCAP guidelines.
AZZ Surface Technologies has Earned Both.
As a proven partner to the aerospace and defense industries, AZZ is pleased to have earned both AS9100 and NADCAP certifications. Our North American network of state-of-the-art, highly automated facilities enables us to integrate seamlessly into your supply chain and provides the capacity and fast turn-around times to meet your most demanding production schedules with consistent, on-time delivery.