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In 2004, the Society of Automotive Engineers released a standard for First Article Inspection (FAI) requirements entitled AS9102. The International Aerospace Quality Group sponsored a team of engineers and developers to create the AS9102 document. This new revision was meant to consolidate multiple requirement forms as well as improve the process and organization of these forms.

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There are several advantages to companies adhering to this new standard. First, AS9102 clearly specifies when an FAI must be conducted. Second, it describes what component of the end item must be included in the FAI and what inspections/verification must be conducted on those components and their associated processes. Finally, AS9102 specifies how the FAI must be documented and provides the forms to do so.

Importance of AS9102

The AS9102 document consolidates a series of forms to help ensure consistency across the board in aerospace technology and other engineering fields. The three AS9102 forms are: part number accountability, product accountability, and characteristic accountability. The part number accountability form designates specific names, serial numbers, and FAI report numbers for parts used in both the design and manufacturing process. Filling out and tracking these forms help companies ensure validity and reliability when introducing new parts. If something goes wrong in the process, the company can look back at the documentation to see exactly which part he needs to change. Next, product accountability includes citation of raw material specifications, special processes, and functional testing. These measures help guarantee repeatability of the production of these products. Finally, characteristic accountability evaluates verification and compatibility. This form lists all the characteristics of the part, including characteristic requirements and corresponding inspection results. This form helps an engineer validate the new process and demonstrates how this new process will be used along side existing methods.

Requirements for AS9102

With all the specifications listed in the AS9102 revision, and all the different fields that this form covers, it might seem difficult to understand which sections of the form must one complete before submitting it. The team which developed this revision has already thought this process through and they’ve listed three qualifiers to help you understand which is needed. The first is listed as required, which is represented in forms with the letter ‘R.’ Some of the fields that are required include part number, part name, organization name, full FAI, signature, and date. The second is listed as conditionally required, symbolized by the letters ‘CR.’ These fields are mandatory when certain processes are completed or certain tools are used. Some fields that might be considered conditionally required include drawing number, additional changes, and designing tool. The last qualifier noted on the AS9102 is listed as optional, symbolized by the letter ‘O.’ This information is helpful for record keeping, but is not a requisite for completing the form. Examples of optional information include the name of the person who prepared the FAI, the name of the person who approved the FAI, the date FAI is reported, and the name of the customer who approved everything.

DISCUS and AS9102

DISCUS helps you quickly complete your AS9102 forms by allowing you to assemble your drawings, CAD models, specs and related documents (see AS9102 software).  DISCUS then helps you identify characteristic requirements and manage them at a detailed level. It is compatible with many of the AS9102 tools used by prime contractors such as Boeing, Honeywell and GE. In simple terms, DISCUS allows you to setup, markup, and export your information within your AS9102 forms.

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