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Quality Management for Aerospace and Defense

Accounting for the fact that some aerospace and defense companies require tens of thousands of suppliers, the complexities of products, processes and everything required to ensure production runs smoothly cannot be underestimated. In recent years, the industry has seen record numbers of orders, but it’s also experienced unprecedented delays in deliveries. Manufacturers competing on a global scale have to balance their ability to innovate and execute with the endless tasks of improving efficiency, remaining compliant with AS 9100 (among other regulations and standards), lowering the cost of quality, and optimizing supplier relationships. Quality management for aerospace and defense has never been more important.

The ability to deliver in this demanding, dynamic environment is separating the winners from the losers. Global aerospace and defense giants have commitments to keep, consequently tightening controls over their supplier network and demanding more visibility into upstream operations. Considering that executives up and down the supply chain are under immense pressure to reduce risks of counterfeit products and cyber-security threats, while optimizing for quality, costs, and compliance, operating as an aerospace supplier or defense contractor can be overwhelming.

For aerospace and defense manufacturers large and small, the common theme of what’s important across the value chain has to be quality management. A quality management system built on the foundation of AS 9100, supported by an integrated quality management software hub is vital for winning business and driving the continuous improvements in cost, quality, and compliance required to stay relevant over time. From the shop floor to the executive suite, professionals need modern, role-specific tools that make their jobs easier and enable data-driven decision-making.

IQS’s Approach to Quality and Compliance in Aerospace and Defense

IQS Quality Management and Compliance Software is designed to break through the barriers of convention in aerospace and defense manufacturing. It revolutionizes disjointed quality management systems and processes, bringing them onto a common, integrated, and auditable enterprise-wide platform. IQS software is made to not only automate quality management processes like CAPA, audits, document control, and change management, but also provide much needed levels of visibility and standardization into areas like SPC, risk management, supplier quality, and more. IQS can simplify and streamline your operation, letting you take control of quality once and for all.  Learn how IQS’s integrated approach to AS 9100 compliance works.


IQS yields actionable insight into performance, cost of quality and risk-related metrics including real-time visibility on supplier quality, production and customer satisfaction. All things to help you maintain a competitive advantage. Here is a sampling of IQS customers in this industry who trust IQS for their quality management and compliance software needs.

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The Holy Grail of Quality

IQS answers these questions:

  • How do manufacturers keep up with the complexities of today’s market?
  • Why do some organizations struggle to manage quality?
  • What is the root cause of this disconnect?
  • What is the future of quality management software?
  • What are some misconceptions surrounding EQMS? How can manufacturers use EQMS to save time and money?
  • What are the benefits?

Closed-loop Quality

Connecting Engineering, Manufacturing and Quality

Most companies have an inherent understanding of how quality impacts different areas of business. However, there seems  to be difficulty in gauging how quality management plays a role outside of traditional quality functions. For executives looking to transform the role of quality in their organization to span over the enterprise rather than being managed locally, understanding how quality impacts and intersects across the entire value chain is a critical first step.

Building a Business Case for EQMS

with the Cost of Quality

Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) delivers significant benefits to quality, risk, and compliance. This research paper will provide an overview of EQMS’s value and then drill down into how the Cost of Quality can be used to build an EQMS business case. Particular attention will be paid to helping companies with stalled EQMS projects build hard cost savings into business cases.


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