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Creative Composites attains AS9100C registration

News International-French

21 Jan 2013

Advanced Composite Structures developer and manufacturer Creative Composites, Inc. reported that it has received AS9100C accreditation after its quality and production systems were audited by American Systems Registrar of Wyoming. Creative also provides 5-axis CNC machining and waterjet 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,” says Brad McPhee, president of Creative Composites. “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, 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 industry. Similar to ISO 9001:2000, with nearly 100 additional requirements specific to aerospace, being certified to an accredited AS9100 registrar provides organizations with a comprehensive quality management system (QMS) focused on areas directly impacting 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 for delivery of product conforming to customer requirements.
- Product Monitoring/Measurement: defines requirements for product validation prior to shipment.


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