It can be a purchasing nightmare to find and keep the right supplies on hand, and also monitor the product that is being bought, as to its continued quality. One single batch with an imperfection can change quality of all future products and that can mean recalls and a bad name for a company. This is why AS9100 Supply Chain Management is important.
The AS9100 says, “The organization shall ensure that purchased product conforms to specified purchase requirements. The type and extent of control applied to the supplier and the purchased product shall be dependent upon the effect of the purchased product on subsequent product realization of the final product.” Controls set up to monitor the quality of product can easily be inspected. A list of approved companies to buy from given quality of product and certification can be a helpful to purchasers.
An inspection of all products can be done many different ways from plugging the information into a computer system like a calibration for a machine log, inspection on the floor before consumption, and even inspection of product after completion of design and production to see if it stands up to pressure tests.
Certification of companies before buying their products can help with all steps of quality of material. The AS9100C says as a note, “One factor that be used during supplier selection and evaluation is supplier quality data from objective and reliable external sources, as evaluated by the organization (e.g., information from accredited quality management system or process certification bodies, organization approvals from government authorities). Use of such data would be only one component of an organization’s supplier control process and the organization remains responsible for verifying that purchased product meets specified purchases requirements.”
Most companies have this down to a science and a few minor changes can help this process be almost full proof while seeking certification. One company that has been making such improvements guided by K & S Quality Associates is CamTech in Irvine, Calif. CamTech already had a method in place for vetting suppliers, but did not have formal clarification of their method.
We at K & S Quality Associates are committed to helping keep a strict standard of AS9100 supply chain management and purchasing requirements. Setting up a standard to follow is one thing, monitoring the standard itself and setting up corrective actions to bring it back into tolerance, is another. We at K & S Quality Associates do both setting standards and setting up corrective actions if your organization is interested in benefiting international standards, email firstname.lastname@example.org.