The SAE technical committee G22 – Aero Engine Supplier Quality (AESQ) Group has announced the publication of a new standard, “AS13003 – Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA).” The purpose of this standard is to define the requirements for the approval of measurement and inspection systems used across the aero engine supply chain.
Formed in 2013, the AESQ membership includes engine manufacturers as well as major suppliers. Companies represented include GE, GKN, Honeywell, PCC, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and Snecma. Its mission is to improve the quality capability of the aero engine supply chain and reduce costs through eliminating waste. The group aims to harmonize its current supplier quality management requirements using the following key principles:
- Create simple, prescriptive requirements
- Establish clear acceptance criteria
- Create a common language for quality
- Build on existing industry best practice, where it exists
A new standard for the aero engine supply chain
The aero engine supply chain standard adopts industry best practice including the AIAG measurement systems analysis manual and describes the acceptance criteria that suppliers are expected to demonstrate.
“As an industry we are heavily reliant on the use of inspection to assure ourselves that the product meets the design intent,” said Dr. Ian Riggs of Rolls-Royce, who led the development of the standard. “The capability of our inspection systems is fundamental to the achievement of this goal. This standard will go a long way to improve the confidence in our verification activities across the supply chain.”
The aero engine supply chain standard is supported by existing industry-wide training and consultancy provisions. Engine manufacturers will be communicating their specific deployment requirements to their suppliers over the coming months.
Suppliers who are part of the aero engine supply chain can get involved in the development of future standards by contacting SAE through its website at www.sae.org.