Representing the first international effort to formulate a quality management
system standard for the aerospace industry, the two-year-old AS9100 is beginning
to show its long-term value. The standard supplements ISO 9001 by addressing the
additional expectations of the aerospace industry. Already, reports along this
complicated manufacturing chain attest to–among other benefits–AS9100's
contribution to more consistent verification methods and fewer verification
In today's business environment, any organization that wishes to exceed customer expectations and stay competitive needs a long-range strategic plan. This plan must be forward-looking, visionary and achievable, while at the same time striving toward continuous improvement of the organization's key business processes. The organization must, in effect, keep "both hands on the wheel" to move forward successfully. The hoshin strategic planning process in use at Hewlett-Packard Co.
The quality industry offers a number of terrific events during the course of the year, but none is more informative, entertaining, and intimate than the Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference. This year’s CMSC occurs in Charlotte, North Carolina, July 21 through July 25. As always, the event is packed with activity, including a bustling exhibition hall, unique off-site events (a tour of Richard Childress Racing is included this year), and white paper presentations demonstrating the latest advances in portable coordinate metrology.