Original Date: 06/29/1989
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Continuing First Article Testing Requirement
Many of Standard Industries’ customers and the Government require by contract that first article testing be conducted prior to the start of a production lot run. Standard extends this practice to the start of any lot even when not required by the prime contractor or the Government. The practice is also followed if one of several instances arise. These situations include a substantially long time since the last build; a turnover of assembly personnel experienced with a specific part; any prior difficulties in production; or any suggested process enhancements. These conditions frequently arise since Standard manufactures several thousand different items, often with significant time between orders for a given part. This practice of completing nonrequired first article testing was viewed as an indication of Standard's commitment to quality.
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