The Importance of Quality in the Aviation, Space and Defense Industry

The success of any business operation, regardless of size, relies on several factors but delivering quality products and services is a huge factor for success. The same applies to supply chain companies in the aviation industries. However, unlike with most profit driven companies, said supply chain companies have more at stake than simply profits. The lack of quality in the products and services delivered can trigger so much more than a returns reduction, it can cause some serious casualties. The aviation supply chain industry is subject to so many rules and audits precisely because there is a huge risk in doing otherwise.

There are several measures that are implemented in order to ensure quality in the products and services provided by aviation supply chain companies. Read about some of them below.

First Article Inspection

A first article inspection (FAI) is a design verification and design history file and a formal method of providing a reported measurement for a given manufacturing process. Both the supplier and purchaser must perform the First Article on the ordered product. It is critical as it ensures that a product performs as intended.

Automation of Audits

Audits case can be implemented via various methods. Auditors will often come onsite to the supply chain company headquarters and warehouses to check that everything is operating accordingly, but along with audits done in person, there is also a need for auditing on documentation and record keeping of part quality. The use of a quality management software solution improves the ability to conduct thorough and timely audits.

Supply Chain Management

An effective quality management software solution provides a systematic view of incoming data with real-time metrics that allows managers to make informed decisions by accurately assessing risk. Managing suppliers through every tier of the supply chain is a critical step to mitigate the growing burden of risk.The solution provides complete visibility into the supply chain and helps hold suppliers accountable for poor quality.

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October 12, 2022

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