At a time when many companies have yet to even qualify for AS9100 Rev C, AST Bearings has already successfully completed its annual “Surveillance Audit” for the new more stringent standard for Quality Management Systems. On May 3, 2012, AST successfully completed the audit which included facilities on both the east and west coasts. The audit was was performed by Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc., one of the world’s foremost authorities in quality certification.
Of note, according to IAQG’s Online Aerospace Supplier Information System (OASIS) database, AST Bearings was the first bearing company in the world to earn its AS9100 Rev C certification. AST Bearings officially received its AS9100 Rev C certification for its quality management system on August 12, 2011.
AS9100 is the quality management system (QMS) standard for the aviation, space, and defense industries. It is governed by the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) of SAE International (not ISO). The goal of the IAQG is to improve product quality and on-time delivery of products. They do this through the cooperative implementation of initiatives intended to make significant improvements in quality and reductions in cost throughout the value stream.
However, the overall 9100 quality standard *is* based on ISO 9001, adding requirements specific to the aviation, space and defense industry, while striving to meet the needs of stakeholders and move forward the IAQG strategy.
AS9100 Rev B Will Be Obsolete This July
It appears that many companies will not comply in time for the more stringent requirements of the AS9100 Rev C standard. Subsequently, their AS9100 certification will be suspended after June 30, 2012 unless they have completed the requirements for newer version. It is hard to understand why these companies will have not upgraded to the current standard since AS9100 Rev. C was released in January of 2009. In contrast, AST Bearings was very proactive in this area assuring that it can continue to successfully supply and service the aviation, space, and defense industries.
More Information about AS9100 Rev C
For more information about AS9100 Rev. C including:
- Reasons why the AS9100 Standard was changed
- Goals and Objectives of the Revision C Version of AS9100
- Changes Made to AS9100 in Revision C
- Key Components of AS9100 Rev C for AST
Please visit our web page entitled, “The AS9100 Quality Management System Standard”