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The latest revision is now the established benchmark for any company in the composite engineering industry wishing to tender for new business in Aerospace and Defence. Compliance with it proves that a company’s Quality Management System relies on clearly defined business processes to measure its effectiveness in meeting customer requirements.

Atlas Composites are industry leaders in the design and manufacture of carbon, glass, kevlar and aramid composite components and tooling for the Aerospace, Defence and Satellite Communications industry. Customer approvals include Airbus, Agusta Westland, BAE Systems, Bombardier Aerospace, Cooper Antennas, GKN Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Meggitt, Nordham and Thales.

Work towards the revised standard began in 2010 using a gap analysis database designed by strategic partner TPT Consultancy, to verify the effectiveness of the management system and practices.

The gap analysis identified the need for Atlas Composites to make the transition from its procedural-based quality management system, which satisfied the requirements of AS9100 Rev B, to the required new process-led approach.

The first stage was to determine Key Performance Indicators for all the required processes. This was followed by integrating a review process where performance was measured against planned targets and improvements made where targets were not being met.

SGS conducted the successful audit in July 2011 and issued the AS9100:2009 accreditation with no non-conformities identified.

As a result, Atlas Composites business objectives are now clearly defined, deployed and integrated into the company, supported by clearly defined KPIs. The business process interactions are defined using the process approach and process owners identified. The process performance is measured through the effective deployment of KPIs to support continual improvement.

Delivery performance over the past 12 months stands at 100%, and Quality Performance 99.4%.

“Making the transition from Rev B to Rev C was a key objective,” says Shaun Moloney, Managing Director, Atlas Composites Ltd. “Without this there was potential that business could be lost. Delivery and Quality was excellent, and the challenge was to measure how effective we were in achieving this.”

“Having carried out the initial AS 9100 Revision B audit and now the upgrade to AS 9100 Revision C, I have been very impressed with Atlas Composites and the way they have developed their systems to support the realisation of their strategic plans and to drive continuous improvement,” says Alan Tyler, SGS Aerospace Product Manager.

“The commitment of top management and the knowledge and understanding of the requirements throughout the organisation enabled the company to make a smooth transition to a process based system in the complex environment of composite manufacture.”

Prospective and existing customers are welcome to meet Atlas Composites Ltd. on their stand 327, Hall 20 at The Composites Engineering Show at the NEC in Birmingham November 9-10 .

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