With the aerospace industry covering the space program itself to the technical tools and components used in the construction of aircrafts and satellites, safety protocol is essential. In particular, functional safety is the crucial backbone of the aerospace industry.
Functional safety does not allow for any compromises or negligence. Because of this arduous standard, governing bodies such as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulate the space, aviation, and defense markets requiring compliance to strict accreditation standards. Therefore, specific certifications have been created over the years, evolving as criteria for the industry and safety standards have changed throughout the decades.
The most recent iteration of this accreditation for aerospace safety protocol is summarized in the U.S. version of the AS9100 certificate. This certificate is an internationally recognized Quality Management System (QMS) standard, originally released by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the European Association of Aerospace Industries in the late-1990’s.
Before AS9100 was created, the military applied basic specifications to supplier inspection programs in an effort to establish guidelines for quality and safety for the aerospace industry. However, as time progressed, along with quality assurance and safety standards, space, aviation, and defense customers such as the Department of Defense and NASA, as well as Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman, and GE Aircraft Engines began to require additional stipulations to the military’s basic quality and safety standards.
These alterations by the major aerospace customers prompted the basic quality system standard to upgrade and reflect their requirements, ultimately becoming the QMS standard in place today, as outlined in the AS9100. As such, most major aerospace customers dictate compliance to the AS9100 in order to conduct business.
In order to obtain the certifications, manufacturers must show evidence of multiple improvements to their processes and performance criterions. Applying greater emphasis on risk management to providing outlined measures of conformance and delivery performance, are just some of the measures that must be taken before the certification can be presented.
Initiating their own standards to meet these requirements, WIKA’s subsidiary 3D Instrument, LP was recently presented with the AS9100 certification. 3D’s continued commitment to improving their procedures and systems in accordance to the ever changing industry standards, reiterates their dedication to quality and regulatory compliance in the space, aviation, and defense market. This newly acquired AS9100c QMS status secures their position in the aerospace industry in addition to their highly recognized supplier role in the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) market.
3D Instruments, LP has come a long way since their founding in 1973. Moving from merely bourdon tube technology for process gauge production to the highly developed direct drive gauge and accompanying products and accessories, 3D has earned their recognition within the SCBA and aerospace industries. To learn more about 3D Instruments, LP and their portfolio of customizable products, visit 3D online at www.3Dinstruments.com.