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AIA Joint Strategic Quality Council Focuses on Lowering Barriers to Standards Adoption by Industry and Government

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A reliable feedback channel provides crucial information for any high-functioning, continuously improving system. Process data and customer feedback are commonly used to refine manufacturing processes and quality management systems. 

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AIA Joint Strategic Quality Council Focuses on Lowering Barriers to Standards Adoption by Industry and Government

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A reliable feedback channel provides crucial information for any high-functioning, continuously improving system. Process data and customer feedback are commonly used to refine manufacturing processes and quality management systems. 

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Register Now for the 2024 NASA Quality Leadership Forum (QLF)

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Registration is now open for the 2024 NASA Quality Leadership Forum (QLF), which will take place on March 14, 2024, following the Collaboration on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries (CQSDI) Forum on March 12-13.

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Reynolds Receives Yes, If Coin for Commitment to Customer Service

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NASA Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance Russ DeLoach recently presented a “Yes, If” coin to Kaci Reynolds, associate director for NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Program, for her attention to detail, proactive approach and commitment to customer service. 

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IPC/WHMA-A-620 Space Alternate Training Credentials for Inspectors-Only

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NASA’s Workmanship Standards Program is piloting a new training process with Johnson Space Center’s Receiving and Inspection Test facility that will allow personnel who take the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Space course at NASA training facilities to work as inspectors on NASA flight hardware. This training will provide efficiencies not available when using the training program offered by the IPC, who trains hardware builders and hardware inspectors in the same manner. This training program will be provided only to those who only perform inspections and not to those who will build the hardware.

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Agency QLF Meets at NASA Headquarters

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The agency’s Quality Leadership Forum (QLF) met Sept. 13-15, 2022, at NASA Headquarters to focus on issues of particular interest and significance that are faced by NASA Quality Engineering and Assurance practitioners assigned to aeronautics and space flight program and project teams. The focus was on processes executed internally by NASA. 

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MCWG Holds Hybrid Technical Interchange Meeting

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The Metrology and Calibration (MetCal) Working Group (MCWG) held its annual Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) April 25-28, 2022, at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Agency MetCal representatives, calibration laboratory managers, metrologists and other experts from associated fields across all of NASA’s 10 field centers, and two component centers, met in-person and virtually at this hybrid event to discuss technical challenges, best practices and improvements related to the agency’s MetCal program. 

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Changes to AS9101 and AS9104-1 Will Increase AS9100 Certification Prework

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Changes to AS9101 and AS9104-1 Will Increase AS9100 Certification Prework

Changes to AS9101, Requirements for Conducting Audits of Aviation, Space, and Defense Quality Management Systems and to AS9104-1, Requirements for the Certification of Aviation, Space and Defense Quality Management System Certification Programs are introducing two new processes to the certification cycle for AS9100, Quality Systems – Aerospace – Model for Quality Assurance in Design, Development, Production, Installation and Servicing:  the Organization Certification Analysis Process and the Performance Based Surveillance/Recertification Process. The AS9104 series of standards describe the nature and governance of the Industry Controlled Other Party scheme used to execute and manage accreditation of certification bodies (i.e., registrars), auditors, training programs and certification of organizations to AS9100. 

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Updates to NASA-STD-8739.6 Reflect Ongoing Changes to Industry Standards and Expand ESD Control Applicability

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Policies and Procedures Binders

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s Workmanship Standards program recently updated NASA-STD-8739.6, Implementation Requirements for NASA Workmanship Standards to

  • Align with changes in industry standards
  • Expand Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) control requirements
  • Clarify training requirements
  • Reflect changes in other NASA Policy Directives and NASA Procedural Requirements
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NPR 8735.2 Sees Complete Rewrite in Revision C

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NPR 8735.2 Sees Complete Rewrite in Revision C

Recent updates to NPR 8735.2, Hardware Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Programs and Projects consolidate Office of Safety and Mission Assurance policy into a hierarchy, make life cycle Quality Assurance more obvious without increasing prescription, and present approaches and solutions for a set of mission assurance objectives. 

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NASA’s Continued Use of PJVS for Calibrations Ensures Peak Accuracy

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NASA uses the Programmable Josephson Voltage Standard (PJVS) to ensure the agency’s calibrations include the most accurate voltage measurement with the lowest measurement uncertainty possible. 

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