How Statistical Process Controls can Assist in Aerospace Manufacturing Programs
Aerospace manufacturing is a global process that is continually becoming more demanding as the complexity of aircraft and their subsystems constantly grows to push the limits of our technological capabilities. The exotic alloys, high-precision machining processes and strict quality standards required for aerospace manufacturing can all lead to high project costs, making it crucial for manufacturers to minimize waste and ensure parts programs remain on budget and are completed on time. The use of statistical process controls (SPC) is a critical part of reducing costs and production times in aerospace manufacturing programs while ensuring that quality is maintained.
While SPCs can take many forms, many can be particularly useful for aerospace manufacturing programs. On example of this is Cpk, which allows aerospace manufacturers to measure the frequency a process will fail to meet quality standards and adapt processes to improve production over time. Many manufacturers now rely on integrated software packages in their ERP/MRP systems to provide a range of SPC capabilities. These systems are also able to generate histograms and other charts that make it easy to see the effects that the application of SPCs has for aerospace manufacturers.
At Intrex Aerospace, SPCs are a common part of our aerospace manufacturing operations. We’ve invested in an IQS package integrated with our Epicor Vantage ERP/MRP system, which allows us to provide quality assurance processes for our customers while also assisting with our in-process QC planning. Using these tools, we’re able to maintain a PPM that’s well below the industry standard. To learn more about our aerospace manufacturing services, and how we can reduce costs, lead times and production times for your parts program, contact us today. We’re an ITAR-registered, ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100 certified manufacturer serving companies in the aerospace and defense industries.