Nadcap announces new Task Group for Conventional Machining


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Nadcap announces new Task Group for Conventional Machining

01 March 2010

In response to feedback from customers including Avio, Eurocopter, GE Aviation, Goodrich Corp., Honeywell Aerospace, Israel Aerospace Industries, Lockheed Martin, Messier-Dowty, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Co., Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce Corp., Rolls-Royce plc, Snecma, Spirit AeroSystems, Volvo Aero and 309th Maintenance Wing-Hill AFB, Nadcap has launched a new Task Group for Conventional Machining.

The audits will cover a variety of hole making processes, broaching, turning, milling, grinding and edge treatment (such as hand benching, mass finishing and automated processes).

John Pfeiffer of GE Aviation is the Chair of this new Task Group and explains: “Many major aerospace companies, including GE, have internal systems to qualify and audit suppliers performing critical conventional machining processes. It makes sense to utilize the infrastructure of PRI – which already administers many process accreditations through Nadcap – to  identify common industry requirements that can be audited through one series of checklists, assuring compliance while saving both the Primes and Suppliers time and money.”

Following more than a year spent in checklist development and four pilot audits to validate the checklists, the Conventional Machining Task Group was approved by the Nadcap Management Council at the February 2010 Nadcap meeting in Rome, Italy.

Arshad Hafeez, Executive Director of Global Business Operations at PRI welcomes this development: “By adding a new Task Group to the fourteen already in operation, aerospace quality experts are further demonstrating their trust in the Nadcap program to delivery timely, accurate and cost-effective accreditations throughout the global industry as part of PRI’s mandate.”