30 August 2011
30 August 2011
Atlas Composites have recently received UKAS accreditation AS9100 REV C, the Quality Management System standard for Aviation, Space and Defence.
Atlas say the award of AS9100 REV C certification, aided by consultancy and training firm TPT Consultancy, expands on the existing scope of AS9100 Rev B and is testimony to their operating effectiveness, quality procedures and its Executive Managements commitment to customers.
Overseeing the timeline of change from Gap Analysis to AS9100 REV C Accreditation, Quality Systems Manager John Davie said, “Our commitment to new and existing customers within the Aerospace and Defence sectors is transparent for all to see with the award of AS9100 Rev C. The importance of monitoring and supplying audited data to evaluate performance and delivery over a minimum 12 month period cannot be overstated. This is underlined by the fact that, to date, only 41 companies in the UK have managed to achieve AS9100 REV C in such a short time frame”
“Atlas Composites’ customer base includes some of the most dynamic and forward thinking companies in the industry who expect and demand continuous improvement from their supply chain. Achieving AS9100 Rev C recognition gives us a competitive advantage that will not only strengthen our existing relationships with the likes of Airbus, BAE Systems and MBDA, it will also provide confidence to prospective new customers in selecting Atlas Composites as a preferred partner for next generation composites.”
In further news, Atlas Composites took another step towards Supply Chain 21st Century (SC21) accreditation when it played host to the final Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) review meeting, 24th August 2011, at its production facility in Ilkeston. They say the meeting was attended by representatives form Chemring Defence UK, CVI Laser, Paul Fabrications and SL Engineering who collaboratively make up the SC21 East Midlands Cluster Group in conjunction with the MAA and TPT Consultancy.
According to Atlas, the SC21 review meeting represents the end of an 18 month journey from pre positioning review to, in some cases, the award of an SC21 bronze benchmark, something which Midlands Aerospace Alliance SC21 Manager Tim Holmes reflects on with great pride. “The East Midlands Cluster Group, despite its diverse members and regional status, can be proud of achieving national recognition for its collaborative work ethic. The common denominator with all group members is their willingness to openly summarise progress and share best practice experiences, a concept which has also coincided with a significant period of growth for all cluster group members.”
In deploying SC21 principles Atlas say they have already added significant value; a reduction in the duplication of processes and need to support customer audits has seen an improvement in supply chain performance. Quality Systems Manager John Davie said “Our experience of AS9100 REV C change will enable us to make great strides with our SC21 programme through shared working practices and KPI's. A growing number of customers and suppliers recognise the benefits of achieving an SC21 benchmark. The combination of AS9100 REV C, which we've recently been awarded and SC21 bronze, which we are hoping to achieve by November, will provide the perfect platform to position Atlas Composites as a trusted high performance composites partner.”
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.