“Speaking Out”

June 2004

John Novak

John Novak is the President and a Trusted Advisor at KAVON International, Inc., a business consultancy that helps clients create Value in order to attain and sustain a Competitive Advantage in the markets they serve.

John earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Manufacturing Technology from Bowling Green State University and his MBA from Kent State University. He is also Certified as a Lean/Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Quality Auditor. John also serves as adjunct faculty at Kent State University.

John has spent time working in both the manufacturing and consulting industries.


AS9100 Certification Is Now Required By Aerospace Companies!

By John Novak

If you haven't heard, Airbus, Northrup Grumman, General Electric Aircraft Engines, and United Technologies are now requiring their suppliers to be certified to AS9100! Compliance is no longer an option.

In a letter dated March, 2004, Airbus is requiring their suppliers to be certified by an accredited registration body to AS9100. Additionally, if you supply heat treatment, non destructive testing, or composite manufacturing services you will also need PRI NADCAP certification.

In a letter dated August 1, 2003, GE Aircraft Engines stated that, "Effective January 1, 2004, GEAE will no longer accept AS9100 compliance as a system approval method. After this date, all suppliers must be certified to AS 9100." The Northrup Grumman Supplier Quality Assurance Requirements (SQAR) Manual states, "As of January 1, 2004 suppliers shall be compliant to ISO 9001:2000, AS9100A. Calibration suppliers will be required to be compliant to ISO 17025 or ANSI Z540Z-1. A third-party quality system certification will be required by December 2004."

United Technologies, in a letter dated February 7, 2003 stated, "Last February, in the spirit of standardization and variability reduction, UTC issued the referenced letter requesting suppliers to be compliant to AS9100 by July 2002. Taking that request one step further, all UTC suppliers are required to be registered to AS9100 by an independent, certified third-party Registrar effective June 30, 2004."

KAVON International, Inc. is a business consultancy that helps clients create Value in order to attain and sustain a Competitive Advantage in the markets they serve. If your company is seeking registration or compliance to any of the Quality Management System standards such as ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, AS9100, ISO 17025, ISO 14001, or ISO 13485, or wants to establish a continual improvement program using Lean Six Sigma methodologies, give us a call and let one of our Trusted Advisors help you with implementation and training.

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