Quality Assurance

PA&isoE’s U.S. facilities operate under a comprehensive Quality Management System and are registered to: ISO 9001:2015/AS9100D.

Nadcap Certification

PA&E is Nadcap certified for Chemical Processing, which includes:

  • AC7108 Rev I – Nadcap Audit Criteria for Chemical Processing (to be used on audits on/after 21 January 2018)
  • AC7108/04 – Solution Analysis and Testing – AC7108/4 must also be selected
  • AC7108/09 – Electroplating and Electroforming – AC7108/9 must also be selected
  • AC7108/10 – Electroless Plating – AC7108/10 must also be selected
  • AC7108/11 – Conversion Coating – AC7108/11 must also be selected
  • AC7108/12 – Acid Cleaning, Descaling, Passivation and Electropolishing – AC7108/12 must also be selected

General Cleaning and Pre–Cleaning

  • Alkaline Cleaning (If Titanium Alkaline Cleaning is also carried out then please check Chemical
  • Cleaning – Titanium Cleaning – Alkaline” also)
  • Solvent Cleaning
  • Ovens for Thermal Treatments with a set point at or below 250ºF (121ºC) or for Miscellaneous
  • Heating Processes, e.g. Part Drying.
  • Stripping of Coatings as an Internal Rework Process
  • Inorganic Coatings
  • Other Stripping
  • AC7108/4 Rev C – Nadcap Audit Criteria for Solution Analysis and Testing in Support of
  • Chemical Processing to AC7108 (To Be Used On Audits Conducted On audits on/after 21 January 2018)
  • Solution Analysis In Support of AC7108

Testing Performed Internally In Support of the Chemical Process Accreditation

  • B05 – Salt Spray Testing In Support of AC7108
  • B07 – Heat Resistance Testing In Support of AC7108
  • B11 – Adhesion Testing (Scratch and Chisel Test) In Support of AC7108
  • B12 – Adhesion Testing (Bend Test) In Support of AC7108
  • B14 – Conductivity Testing In Support of AC7108
  • B16 – Coating Thickness Measurement In Support of AC7108
  • B23 – Other Testing In Support of AC7108
  • AC7108/9 – Nadcap Audit Criteria for Electroplating and Electroforming (to be used on audits on/after 5 June 2016)
  • Electroplating
  • Gold Plating
  • Nickel Plating
  • AC7108/10 – Nadcap Audit Criteria for Electroless Plating (to be used on audits on/after 5 June 2016)
  • Nickel
  • AC7108/11 – Nadcap Audit Criteria for Conversion Coating (to be used on audits on/after 5 June 2016)
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum, Non–Hexavalent Chrome Alternatives
  • AC7108/12 – Nadcap Audit Criteria for Acid Cleaning, Descaling, Passivation and Electropolishing (to be used on audits before 12 July 2020)
  • Passivation
  • AC7108/12 Rev A – Nadcap Audit Criteria for Acid Cleaning, Descaling, Passivation and Electropolishing (to be used on audits on/after 12 July 2020)

Conflict Minerals Policy

At PA&E we are taking action to help end violence and human rights violations that are being supported by sales of “conflict minerals” from the mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries. Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act states, that it is the duty of companies to keep conflict minerals; tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold (3TG), that are from the DRC, from entering the supply chain. The Securities and Exchange Commission has also stated that it is the duty of companies to promote transparency and awareness throughout all tiers of suppliers and customers to mitigate risk of obtaining the 3TG from the DRC. View the full document here. Our Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) can also be viewed here.

PA&E Quality Assurance Processes

Capability Studies – Methods designed to judge whether a process is capable or not, this step often plays an important part in designing efficient production strategies.

CMM Automated Inspection – Products dimensions are inspected during, and after, the production process using automated optical- and touch-probe coordinate measuring machines. This inspection process is one step to help ensure that goods conform to customer requirements.

CMM Visual Inspection
– Optical coordinate measuring machines are used at high magnification to perform visual inspections in conjunction with the dimensional inspection process. This process allows PA&E inspectors to detect discrepancies that may otherwise be undetected without magnification.

First Article Inspection – First article inspections are conducted in accordance with AS9102 for the initial run for all parts and revision changes. This step is designed to check all dimensions, as well as material and processes, for conformance to customer specifications.

In-Process Inspection – This procedure, which occurs during the production process, helps ensure that customers only receive conforming goods. If a good is non-conforming, production will stop responsible process stage and components will not be further processed until issues have been resolved.

Lot Inspection – Product lots are sampled during the production process to further determine if specifications are being met. An inspection lot consists of product produced under similar conditions, using similar materials, personnel, and methods. An inspection lot can be the entire production lot, or only part of the production lot.

Statistical Process Control [SPC] – The primary analysis tool for quality improvement, SPC analyzes variations in whatever process is being measured and can help in understanding and reducing process variations.