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AS9018 – What Is It And Who Does It Apply To?

November 21, 2022

What is AS9018 and who does it apply to? The AS9018 standard – “Aerospace Customer Identified Major Quality Management System Nonconformity Other Party Collaborative Corrective Action Process” was published in October 2021. This is an Americas-only standard, currently used by the DCMA (US Department of Defense) to get the 3rd party Certification Bodies (CB’s) involved…

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The Benefits of AIMM – The Aerospace Improvement Maturity Model

August 3, 2022

  Learn How to be an AIMM® Maverick in This Free Webinar In this video, Jim Lee, President of simpleQuE, discusses the benefits of AIMM® (the Aerospace Improvement Maturity Model), its purpose, and structure.   Standards, like AS9100, require and promote continual improvement, but standards can’t be used to measure the progression of improvement achieved.  Once…

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AS9100:2016 – Does your aerospace company effectively monitor external providers? By Jim Lee

April 5, 2022

AS9100D Clause 8.4: Control of External Providers  AS9100D was released in 2016 and one significant change from the previous version is the requirement for greater control of external providers and sub-tier suppliers, based on risk. For example: Delegations in clause 8.4.2 requires you to periodically monitor the external provider’s delegated verification activities. Auditors are going…

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SimpleQuE to exhibit at the ASQ CQSDI in March 2022

SimpleQuE to exhibit at the Collaboration on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries

March 11, 2022

Join us at the Collaboration on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries SimpleQuE is attending and exhibiting at the 29th Annual Collaboration on Quality In the Space and Defense Industries (CQSDI) Forum on March 15-17, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Florida (not far from our Space Coast office). The CQSDI forum will focus on “Adaptive…

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Understanding the Aerospace Improvement Maturity Model (AIMM)

Understanding the Aerospace Improvement Maturity Model (AIMM) Free Online Resource

January 27, 2022

  What is AIMM®? The International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG) has developed the Aerospace Improvement Maturity Model (AIMM®) to help AS9100 companies understand the maturity level of their AS9100 quality management system (QMS), and identify areas where they might be at risk, and where improvement opportunities exist. AIMM® is for organizations that want to continually…

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SpaceCom 2022 – Off-Planet for the Planet

January 11, 2022

On January 10-13, SpaceCom 2022, the Global Commercial Space Conference and Exhibition, is taking place in Orlando, Florida with Jim Lee, President of simpleQuE in attendance. SpaceCom mobilizes space professionals who are creating the solutions and technologies that power off-planet commercialization and on-planet applications to enhance our planet and humankind.  Jim sat next to Bob Cabana,…

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AS9003B – Inspection and Test Quality Systems Requirements is Published as “Stabilized”

January 6, 2022

  The AS9003 standard specifies Inspection and Test Quality Systems Requirements for Aviation, Space and Defense Organizations.  AS9003 has less stringent requirements compared to AS9100, and its intent is to define a quality inspections system, not a QMS (quality management system). AS9003 is an America’s-only standard that is intended for companies that make non-complex products…

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Are you in the aerospace engine supply chain? Then AS13100 and AS9145 apply to you.

January 5, 2022

Are you in the aerospace engine supply chain?  Then AS13100 and AS9145 apply to you. The flying public expects zero defects from its airplane engines. There are tremendous supply chain quality risks, and the aerospace engine manufacturers (GE, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, and Safran) and their major suppliers have completed new standards and reference manuals…

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Congratulations from simpleQuE

Congratulations to Pencoyd Iron Works and Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance!

December 15, 2020

Congratulations to two simpleQuE aerospace clients – Pencoyd Iron Works on successful AS9003 compliance, and Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance (Parts Trading) on achieving AS9120 certification and ASA-100 accreditation! Our team is very proud of your commitment to quality products and services. Located in Folcroft, PA, Pencoyd Iron Works is a fabrication and erection company of…

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Mission Launches Carrying 4 Astronauts

November 16, 2020

This Falcon 9 rocket lit up the sky as it launched last night from the Space Coast on NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). This launch is significant as it is the first commercial human spacecraft system to be certified by NASA and is the first of six crewed missions NASA…

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