GMP Friction Products, based in Akron, Ohio, USA, is working with Compliance Plus Enterprise, an ISO certification consulting firm, to successfully complete the requirements necessary to achieve the AS9100C Aerospace Certification for the manufacture of friction materials by the end of 2011.
Carolyn Petriella, President and Owner of Compliance Plus Enterprise, has also assisted GMP Friction Products in obtaining the ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 9001-2008 certifications.
“We are very pleased with the progress that our team is making with the aerospace certification,” said Jerry Lynch, President and COO of GMP Friction Products. “Carolyn works directly with our engineers and floor managers to assess every aspect of the work flow, from order taking to shipping, to determine the control points for potential risks. Then she creates a detailed, documented process to ensure we meet all of the strict requirements for the aerospace industry.”
To achieve the AS9100 Aerospace Certification, an additional level of certification a manufacturing company strives to achieve after successfully becoming ISO Certified, every step of the friction part manufacturing process has to be assessed for potential risk.
“At each step in the developing and shipping of friction materials, we identify the opportunity for risk and then work to modify the process if needed. Finally, we document the changes necessary in the process to produce the highest level of quality,” explained Petriella. “We celebrate each milestone when our reports and results identify that the new processes have been accepted and adopted by the employees as their new habit.”
The stringent AS9100 aerospace certification was developed for the aviation, space and defence industries where absolute quality is of the most critical importance. However, the AS9100 compliance isn’t limited to the aerospace industries.
“Any company dedicated to manufacturing and producing the highest level of quality can apply the AS standard needed for AS9100 Certification,” said Petriella. “Companies that modify their processes to meet these strict compliance requirements offer an extended improvement in their quality. The new standards provide a heightened level of quality for their customers as their products are designed, manufactured and shipped right the first time.”
“We are excited about the new opportunities the AS9100 aerospace certification will bring to GMP Friction Products,” said Lynch. “By successfully completing the certification process, we will have more opportunities available for designing and manufacturing friction parts for the defence, aviation and space industries.”
Friction component parts with various friction materials, like industrial brakes, are used in a variety of industries from marine, construction and agriculture to off-road, heavy machinery and military vehicles.
Edited by: Paul Whittaker, Editor ipmd.net, [email protected]