AS9100C is an international management system standard for the Aircraft, Space and Defense industry. Complying with this standard provides organizations with quality products, be competitive around the world and meet regulatory requirements. The standardized processes enable companies to have a better quality reputation and secure international business.
AS9100C is developed from the framework of the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system. The system includes 100% of the ISO 9001:2008 standard. Thus, companies certified to AS9100C will also be certified to ISO 9001:2008.
One reason to implement and certify to AS9100C is that some customers may require it. Customers recognize the value of certified suppliers. Additionally, some industries require companies to evaluate and audit their suppliers. The requirement to audit these suppliers is often waived for AS9100C certified suppliers, thus saving the company money.
Other reasons to certify to AS9100C are that more and more of the major aircraft engine manufacturers are placing requirements on their suppliers to be certified. Also, this standard provides a great marketing tool for potential customers.
Today more than ever, there is a worldwide trend towards increasingly stringent customer expectations regarding quality. Accompanying this trend has been a growing realization that continuous quality improvements are often necessary to achieving and sustaining excellent economic performance.
As the purpose of the standard implies, companies should want to implement the aerospace standard to improve their effectiveness and increase customer satisfaction. Improved system effectiveness and customer satisfaction typically result in greater profitability through gains in efficiency and increased sales from happy customers.