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What Does Nadcap Certification Mean for an Investment Casting Manufacturer?

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What Does Nadcap Certification Mean for an Investment Casting Manufacturer?

Impro prides itself on strict attention to quality control, and works to achieve the highest industry standards. That is why we undergo rigorous audits to obtain various :

  • Nonconventional machining
  • Chemical processing
  • Heat treating
  • Materials testing
  • NDT (Non-Destructive Testing)
  • Welding

What is Nadcap Certification?

Nadcap is an industry accreditation that was once known as the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program. This worldwide cooperative program is supported by government representatives and major manufacturing companies. Its goal is to achieve a consensus on quality standards, in order to promote continued improvement in the aerospace and defense industries.

Overseen by the (PRI), the purpose of Nadcap is to establish accreditation requirements, issue credentials, and define operational program requirements for manufacturers and suppliers. This results in:

  • A standardized approach for quality assurance and conformity.
  • Improved compliance throughout the aerospace and defense industries, as manufacturers conform to strict quality requirements.
  • Reduced costs through higher levels of standardization and less redundant auditing procedures.
  • Improved functionalities at each successfully audited manufacturer.

How Does an Investment Casting Manufacturer Obtain Nadcap Certification?

To receive Nadcap certification, an aerospace and defense industry supplier undergoes a rigorous technical assessment of its manufacturing processes. This assessment is conducted by qualified industry experts.

Nadcap compliance provides a high degree of comfort that the company is capable of meeting customer requirements and performing to industry standards. To assess how work is accomplished and materials are handled, an audit might include:

  • Procedural audits of a manufacturer’s overall adherence to production processes.
  • Material quality and allocation.
  • Levels of outsourcing.
  • Purchasing systems and documentation.
  • Operator training and consistency.
  • Equipment capabilities and maintenance systems.
  • NDT audits may be specific to a particular application.
  • Welding audits are based on the specific welding process.

The Performance Review Institute (PRI) administers all audits for the Nadcap certification program. Once an audit is agreed on, the Institute will assign an approved auditor for this purpose. This auditor will conduct the audit using industry-approved standards. After the audit is complete, the Institute will notify the manufacturer of any noted non-conformity issues.

The manufacturer will have an opportunity to close-out any non-conformance reports. Upon completion, the audit package is presented to a task group of industry members that will review it and vote on its acceptability for approval. Final accreditation is only granted when all non-conformance issues are fully addressed.

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