When working with military products, there are limits to the types of components you can use. Sheet metal manufacturers may be required to work on engines, airframes, space vehicles, ships, and land or underwater vehicles.
Because this type of work requires an innovative approach to creating parts, there are specific certification requirements for military products.
ISO Quality & Design Compliance for Military Standards
This section will outline ISO quality and design standards including:
Military materials may include tubes, sheet metal, bars, plates, and extrusions. The products and raw materials used must all be AS 9100 certified, as these standards comply with the latest technology.
All materials should also exceed the customer's requirements outlined in ISO 9001:2008 for military and commercial equipment use. The materials and all products and services should also meet the requirements of any regulatory agency.
Compliance with ISO 9001:2008
With ISO 9001:2008 there are specific requirements to create and manufacture these parts. They need to be consistent in order to meet the customer’s satisfaction and meet regulatory requirements. They should also help to improve a system or enhance it per the customer’s request and any regulatory requirements.
Updated ISO 9001:2015
This section will explore:
What differs from ISO 9001:2008
Working with parts for the military
With the updated ISO 9001:2015, the additional changes include quality management systems requirements. These help to ensure that products and services are consistently provided. The products and services are applicable to any organization regardless of size that works with the customer and a regulatory governing agency.
When working with metal fabrication and industrial enclosures for the military, these projects require metal fabrication work for prototyping and short-runs for defense-related work, outer space, underwater, or rugged terrains.
All necessary certification for military defense, and space contracts include adherence to:
AWS D17.1, D1.2
Welding certifications should include:
STP 55-104, 2ZZP00013- F-35
Custom Fabrication Only a Few Can Handle
Metal materials that are created for the military require specific welding, custom fabrication, and precision machining to support technologically complex parts required for the U.S. Government.
Make sure your sheet metal fabricator has experience and certifications to back up its claims. Critical jobs require a critical attention to detail.