What has Nadcap done for the aerospace industry?

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What has Nadcap done for the aerospace industry?

01 July 2015

In July 2015, it will be 25 years since Nadcap launched.  Nadcap has steadily grown to become the premier cooperative industry program for improving aerospace manufacturing processes around the world.

To mark the occasion, the Performance Review Institute* has compiled data to highlight five ways that the program has benefited the industry participants.

1. Nadcap has created a collaborative environment where aerospace OEMs and Suppliers come together to develop consensus process control criteria and requirements.

The number of subscribing OEMs has increased from 1 when the program started in 1990 to 53 in 2015.  The number of active accreditations now exceeds 6900 from suppliers located in 50 countries. The program has grown to include active participation from companies in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia.

2. Nadcap provides a range of tangible and intangible benefits to OEM subscribers as well as accredited suppliers.

86% of over 2,800 respondents to the supplier survey recognize that Nadcap has improved quality in the aerospace industry.  Additional identified benefits were improved process efficiency, reduced escapes to customers, reduced defect rate, improved first time yield, increased revenue, and improved customer satisfaction.

OEM subscribers to Nadcap benefit through access to eAuditNet, a global comprehensive database of all supplier audit performance information.  In-depth process capability assessments, conducted by subject matter experts selected by industry, enable OEM subscribers to effectively and efficiently manage their supply chain.

3. The Nadcap Program captures multiple subscribers’ requirements in a single audit.

Nadcap reduces redundancy for all, through the industry working together to create harmonized audit criteria, based on industry and OEM subscriber requirements. Audit criteria are developed in 19 different technologies such as Heat Treating, Non-Destructive Testing, Composites and Surface Enhancement.

4. Nadcap audits improve consistency across industry and across the supply chain.

According to a survey conducted in 2015 by the Nadcap Management Council (NMC), 93% of Nadcap subscribers reported that Nadcap audits improve consistency across industry and across the supply chain.

5. Nadcap augments OEM subscriber resources in overseeing the special process supply chain.

In the 2015 NMC survey, 92% of subscribers stated that Nadcap augments their company resources in terms of managing special process suppliers.  Feedback included “The data from Nadcap oversight is used readily when determining how often to engage with accredited suppliers” and “Allows us minimize number of on-site visits.”

Learn more about Nadcap at https://p-r-i.org/nadcap/about-nadcap/