For manufacturing and quality, aerospace is governed by AS9100 (and/or EN9100) under the auspices of the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG).
AS9100 requires a great focus on establishing and complying with design requirements. AS9102 describes the details for first article inspection while AS9103 defines the expectations for statistical process control. In addition, the aerospace industry published NAS 3500, which defines greater details about the Technical Data Package (TDP) and the use of a Bill of Characteristics.
The DISCUS core competency is managing a part’s Technical Data Package at the characteristic level of detail. DISCUS Software enables a user to view a drawing or model and quickly identify the features and characteristics. This identification can then be used to efficiently create downstream artifacts for manufacturing and quality assurance. This includes First Article Inspections, In-Process Inspection Plans, Manufacturing Process Plans, and Producibility Analyses.
DISCUS electronically organizes and integrates all elements of the TDP, including product images, specifications, and related narrative documents. DISCUS helps to quickly analyze and interrogate the part – whether it’s in the form of a 2D drawing on 3D CAD model. DISCUS enables the user to identify (balloon) all of the part characteristics and organize the requirements into a systematic Bill of Characteristics. The result is greatly improved productivity in manufacturing and quality engineering. For example, DISCUS has consistently increased FAI and SPC productivity by more than 50%.