The Aerospace Design and Development Procedure AS9100 delineates approved procedures for advanced quality planning, design, and development of new aircraft products or aerospace services. The procedure applies to all new product development, as well as to significant changes to existing products. (26 pages, 3943 words)
The design phase is the most important phase of the aerospace product life cycle, because inherent quality, effectiveness, safety, and customer satisfaction of the product are established here. No matter how carefully a product may be manufactured or how perfect a quality control program, inherent qualities cannot be improved except through design enhancement (Design in Quality). It’s crucial that adequate advanced quality planning and controls be established, implemented, and maintained during the aerospace design phase to optimize quality, effectiveness, safety, and customer satisfaction prior to manufacturing.
Design Development AS9100 Responsibilities:
All Employees are responsible for ensuring product and process improvement.
The Engineering Manager is responsible for designing, evaluating, testing, and all technical aspects of product and process development.
The Accounting Manager is responsible for evaluating and reporting on the financial aspects of product/process development.
The Marketing Manager is responsible for coordinating product development with the customer base, supervising field trials, finding new markets for the company’s products/processes, and raising awareness of the company’s offerings.
Top Management is responsible for final approval of design and development (D&D) projects.
Design Development AS9100 Definitions:
COTS – Commercial off-the-shelf; products manufactured commercially and tailored for a specific use. Compare COTS products with those produced entirely and uniquely for specific applications.
Design phase – The most important phase of aerospace advanced quality planning product life cycle. The goal: design in quality, effectiveness, safety, and customer satisfaction.
Failure Mode Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA) – An inductive, bottom-up process that assumes basic defects at the component level and determines their effects on higher levels of assembly. Failure modes are analytically induced into each component and failure effects, including severity and probability of occurrence, are evaluated and noted.
Key characteristic – Feature of a material, part, or process, variation of which will significantly influence a product’s fit, performance, service life, or manufacturability. Key characteristics essential to meeting product goals are identified so that the company’s resources can be focused on those items.
Objective – Something toward which effort is directed; an aim, goal, or end of action. In business terms, a well-worded objective is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Result-oriented, and Time-bound (SMART).