Prepare for a transformational change in aerospace quality management with the forthcoming revision of the AS9145 standard. Discover how this pivotal standard has evolved since its 2016 iteration, and learn what to expect in its latest update. From its alignment with AS9100 to its innovative 5-phase approach for Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), the revised AS9145 is set to redefine industry benchmarks. Get an in-depth analysis and actionable insights to be ahead of the curve with IntellaQuest’s specialized suite of applications specifically engineered to streamline APQP and PPAP processes.

Advancing Aerospace Distinction: A Detailed Perspective on the Imminent AS9145 Revision Incorporating APQP Methodologies

The aerospace, space, and defense industry has always prioritized quality and reliability. The sector, however, is poised for a revolutionary change with the forthcoming revision of the AS9145 standard. Orchestrated by the International Aerospace Quality Group® (IAQG), this new standard establishes an innovative framework for Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP).

From Automotive Origins to Aerospace Applications

The concept of APQP originated in the 1980s when American automakers faced fierce competition from Japanese counterparts. Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler collaborated to develop a comprehensive system for improving product quality and responsiveness. Dubbed APQP, this methodology has found its way into various industries, including medical and government sectors, and is now ready to transform aerospace excellence.

The Evolution of AS9145: A Look Back at its 2016 Revision

Prior to the much-anticipated upcoming revision, the most recent version of the AS9145 standard was issued on November 8, 2016. This version laid the groundwork for what has now become an indispensable tool in the aerospace, space, and defense industries.

Alignment with Other Standards

The 2016 revision explicitly stated that AS9145’s requirements were designed to integrate and collaborate with the pre-existing 9100, 9102, 9103, and 9110 standards. This synergistic approach ensured that companies could incorporate AS9145’s guidelines without conflicting with other established aerospace quality management systems. For those already in compliance with or certified under AS9100, AS9145 provided a more granular framework that fine-tuned section 8, covering areas such as contract review during the design and purchasing phases.

Focused Phases

The 2016 version also emphasized the importance of a phased planning process. Five distinct phases were laid out, each building upon the deliverables from the previous one. This phase-dependent structure added a disciplined approach to product development, making sure that no critical steps were skipped. As a result, companies found it increasingly difficult to advance to later phases without first completing the necessary prerequisites, thereby reducing risks and ensuring higher quality outputs.

Emphasis on Simultaneous Engineering

One of the most groundbreaking aspects of the 2016 revision was its focus on simultaneous engineering between product and process. This was a significant paradigm shift, aiming to synchronize product and process design from inception through maturity. This harmonization led to cost efficiencies, reduced design iterations, and minimized redundancy.

Industry Adoption and Feedback

Since its last revision in 2016, AS9145 has been widely adopted within the aerospace community. Its comprehensive approach towards Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) has made it a contract stipulation in many aerospace projects. Over the years, the aerospace industry has provided critical feedback on the standard’s application, informing the need for the upcoming revision. Key focus areas include greater clarity on mandatory versus optional deliverables, streamlined change management, and enhanced guidelines for implementing APQP and PPAP processes.

By understanding the historical context from its 2016 version, we can better appreciate the changes and improvements that the upcoming revision aims to introduce. As with any evolving standard, the success of AS9145 will depend on its ability to adapt to industry needs while maintaining its core tenets of quality and reliability.

AS9145: The Future of Quality Management in Aerospace

AS9145 is not a stand-alone standard; rather, it complements existing quality management systems, most notably AS9100. For organizations already compliant or certified with AS9100, AS9145 provides a structured approach to Section 8, encompassing activities like contract review, design processes, and purchasing. AS9145 provides a guideline for bringing a product from conception to maturity by aligning perfectly with AS9100.

Core Tenets and Advantages of APQP

The new standard centralizes APQP’s core tenets, namely:

  1. Early Defect Identification: A proactive risk assessment and defect identification mechanism to mitigate quality issues.
  2. Cross-Functional Collaboration: Bridging gaps between departments for transparent and effective communication.
  3. Reduced Nonconformances: Focused risk management reduces internal quality gaps and external customer dissatisfaction.
  4. Enhanced Supplier Performance: A framework for suppliers to improve quality and punctuality.
  5. Customer Satisfaction: Ultimately, a focus on customer requirements drives higher customer satisfaction.

The 5-Phase Approach and PPAP

AS9145 employs a 5-phase approach to APQP that involves a series of activities and deliverables for each phase. Each phase builds upon the deliverables of the previous one, ensuring a continuous and evolutionary development cycle. Skipping a phase’s deliverables may hinder the progression of subsequent phases.

In tandem with APQP, PPAP ensures that product quality and engineering issues are identified and resolved before transitioning to suppliers or customers. It establishes a baseline for future product changes, thereby standardizing quality and reliability.

Noteworthy Revisions in the Forthcoming AS9145

According to the IAQG, the revised standard aims to enhance clarity and applicability based on industry feedback. One significant change includes the demarcation of mandatory and optional deliverables, a crucial clarification that can streamline the adoption of the standard.

The Genesis of All Aviation Core Tools

AS9145 has earned the epithet of being the “mother of all aviation core tools.” It envelops all other tools, defining the broader framework within which they operate.

Final Thoughts

The forthcoming revision of AS9145 is more than an update; it is a transformational change aimed at future-proofing aerospace quality management. In an era where simultaneous engineering between product and process design is the cornerstone of efficient production, the new AS9145 standard serves as a definitive guide.

AS9145 promises to take aerospace quality management to new heights, fostering a future where quality knows no bounds. With these new changes, the aerospace, space, and defense industries stand on the precipice of a new era of quality and excellence. Stay tuned as the revised AS9145 standard unfolds and be ready to work intelligently to meet the revised requirements with IntellaQuest’s suite of applications perfectly tailored for APQP and PPAP.  If you’d like to learn more about how IntellaQuest can help streamline your APQP and PPAP processes, reach out for a demo or take advantage of our no-cost 30-day proof-of-concept (POC).


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