Key Quality Certifications to Look for in a Domestic Contract Manufacturer
How AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015 Certifications Ensure Superior CNC Machined Quality and Consistency
Pretty much every American machine shop claims to offer high quality manufacturing services. However, only certified domestic manufacturers are guaranteed to deliver on their promises of superior production quality and consistency.
Below, we discuss two of the most important quality certification standards within the modern CNC machining industry.
ISO 9001:2015 Certification vs. AS9100D Certification
ISO certification is the starting point for quality standards in today’s machining industry. It lays the foundation for an efficient and consistent production process with an emphasis on continual improvement, as well as responsive customer support services. Centerline is an ISO 9001:2015 certified contract manufacturer – the latest and most comprehensive revision of the ISO certification standard.
Taking precision quality standards to the next level is the AS9100 certification standard. The latest revision is AS9100D, which sets the bar for manufacturing quality and consistency in the cutting-edge aerospace industry and aviation sector. Centerline is an AS9100D machine shop capable of accommodating complex aerospace productions which demand the utmost in close-tolerance precision.
AS9100D / ISO Certified vs Compliant
Many manufacturers will claim to be compliant instead of ISO 9001 certified. You can even find some operations which claim to be AS9100 compliant, even though the companies are in no way AS9100D certified. There are some important distinctions that certification offers over compliance.
- ISO 9001 / AS9100D certified manufacturers such as Centerline are audited regularly to ensure all of our equipment and processes are optimized.
- Certified contract manufacturers can guarantee your products are built to spec, while “compliant” providers may produce unseen quality issues that your business ends up liable for down the road.
- Trying to save money by partnering with an ISO 9001 / AS9100D compliant company rather than a certified manufacturer like Centerline can cost you more down the road due to subpar products, inefficient manufacturing processes, and unreliable supply chains.
ITAR Registration for Defense and Military Projects
For military and defense CNC machining projects, partnering with an ITAR registered American contract manufacturer is paramount. ITAR registration guarantees that your provider handles your critical defense projects with the utmost discretion, throughout the manufacturing process and in the treatment of all intellectual property related to your project.
Centerline is an ITAR registered machine shop specializing in state-of-the-art MIL-spec productions.
High Quality CNC Machining Solutions from Houston, Texas
Based out of Houston, Texas since 2005, Centerline Manufacturing is an ISO 9001 / AS9100D certified and ITAR registered precision machining specialist. Through uncompromising quality and innovation, our enterprise has evolved into one of the leading contract manufacturing providers for the Gulf Coast region and beyond.