Today’s rapidly evolving aerospace and defense manufacturing technology industry requires quality assurance standards, techniques and regulations that can match pace with innovations in manufacturing.
Historically, the development of standards and regulations has been a deliberately slow and conservative process—and rightly so in an industry where safety and quality are so important. However, when the pace of regulatory updates cannot keep up with capability development, we’re at risk of hindering, if not disabling, substantial adoption of new technologies. The U.S. should lead this standards development.
Quality assurance techniques are developed to independently assess that manufactured components meet dimensionality, material and other relevant physical attributes. These processes are used by both manufacturers and finished product customers to track and verify that manufactured goods conform to established standards. In many industries, these standards are maintained by independent governing groups, including government agencies, and in so doing, form the regulatory basis in these industries.