AS13100 is a standard titled, Aerospace Engine Supplier Quality (AESQ) Quality Management System Requirements for Aero Engine Design and Production Organizations.  It is intended to be flowed down contractually as a customer requirement in PO’s and supplier manuals by the engine makers.

AS9100 certification is already required by engine makers of their suppliers.  

AS13100 is broken into 3 chapters:

  1. Chapter A points to AS9100 clause by clause and adds extra aero engine requirements. 
  2. Chapter B requires compliance with AS9145, which is Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) but adds some additional requirements above and beyond AS9145 for the engine supply chain. 
  3. Chapter C is titled Core Defect Prevention Tools to Support APQP and PPAP. This adds even more requirements for proactive tools for defect prevention.

Core Tools adapted for the Aerospace Industry

The AESQ has taken the automotive core tools and has adapted them to fit the aerospace industry.  They have even developed their own Reference Manuals which the AS13100 standard points to for guidance, just like the automotive core tools (APQP/Control Plan, FMEA, PPAP, MSA, SPC). 

Below is the list of AESQ Reference Manuals (some of which used to be AS standards with the same numbers, but have been replaced by AS13100 and these reference manuals):

  • RM13145 – Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) within Aerospace
  • RM13008 – Design Work
  • RM13004 – Defect Prevention Quality Tools to Support APQP & PPAP (This gets into process flows, characteristics matrix, FMEA’s and Control Plans)
  • RM13003 – Measurement Systems Analysis Methods
  • RM13006 – Process Control Methods
  • RM13002 – Alternate Inspection Frequency Plans
  • RM13102 – First Article Inspection
  • RM13000 – 8D Problem Solving Method
  • RM13005 – Quality Audit Method
  • RM13007 – Sub Tier Management
  • RM13009 – AS13100 Compliance Self-Assessment
  • RM13010 – Human Factors
  • RM13011 – Rework and Production Repair

There is an industry desire to have the first-tier suppliers in compliance by the end of 2022, and all the aero engine makers have communicated the requirements and timeline to their suppliers.

QSG’S aerospace quality experts are also here to help, and have already helped some engine parts suppliers to:

  • Conduct gap assessments to AS13100 and AS9145 to determine what needs to change from existing systems, processes and documentation,
  • Implement APQP and PPAP,
  • Train and facilitate proper and effective implementation of Process Flow Diagrams, Design FMEAs (DFMEA), Process FMEAs (PFMEA), Control Plans, Gauge R&R’s (variable and attribute), MSA plans, SPC, etc.

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