Quality Control

At Summit Aviation Manufacturing, we're serious about quality.

The Summit Quality Management System is certified and managed under the guidelines of ISO 9001:2015 + AS9100D. This Registration governs the Quality Management System for the manufacture, resell and distribution of metal and composite parts for aerospace applications.

The ISO 9001:2015 + AS9100D Registration reflects not only the system of Quality Control we use but also the attitude and dedication of Summit employees to the values the ISO system embodies.

Quality Assurance Monitoring

To meet the tight tolerances of today’s manufacturing environment and the demanding standards of quality from military and general aviation clients, Quality Assurance monitors every manufacturing process each step of the way.

Our Quality System mandates:

  • An initial review of all engineering documentation
  • The establishment of the characteristic’s accountability
  • Multiple process inspections
  • First Article Inspections to ensure that items meet all technical and quality specifications
  • Annual audits of all process documentation to ensure that each customer quality and technical requirement is met

To maintain our competitive edge with other companies in the industry, Summit makes full use of leading-edge, up-to-date technologies, equipment and software, including 3D modeling, laser scanning, Model-Based Definition (MBD) and Digital Product Definition (DPD).

MBD processes are used to increase accuracy and efficiency. MBD includes the use of 3D models and associated metadata within 3D CAD software to provide specifications for individual components and product assemblies.

The use of MBD provides the ability to:

  • Create 3D models from 2D drawings or computer-based input
  • Feed 3D digital data directly to manufacturing devices like CNC machines, Laser Scanners, Waterjets, etc.
  • Ensure more accuracy, fewer paper drawings and less ambiguity from misinterpreting 2D drawings and documents
  • Create rapid prototyping of products
  • Provide more interactive and clear instructions to the end-user
  • Generate cost-savings and increased speed of the entire manufacturing process
  • Improve quality and increase efficiency

Summit Aviation’s Model-Based System/DPD process has been audited and approved by multiple OEMs.

In addition to establishing accurate specifications, the use of DPD ensures the approved data is not corrupted when transferred to or within DPD approved suppliers. Summit Aviation’s larger customers like Boeing, Northrup-Grumman and many other OEMs, require their suppliers to maintain the integrity of their Digital Datasets throughout the manufacturing lifecycle.

Training, Facilities and Equipment Capabilities

Summit Aviation currently employs seven full-time Quality Control Inspectors at our facilities in North Carolina and Kentucky. As many as 20 additional machinists, engineers and other key employees may also take part in the inspection process at any stage during the manufacturing lifecycle.

All Summit inspectors are required to attend the “Certified Quality Inspector” training offered by the American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Key personnel also attend the “Certified Quality Engineering” (CQE) certification training, also provided by the ASQ.

Summit has created 600 square-foot climate-controlled quality labs in both our Greensboro and Somerset locations.

Within and outside of the labs, Summit employs a variety of measuring and Quality Control equipment to include, but not limited to the following:

CCP Optical Comparator
with 16″ screen, Edge Scan and Image Capture, which compares the dimensions and geometry of a part against prescribed reference points.

Sheffield Discovery II Direct Computer Control (DCC) Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), complete with upgraded Measure Max and CMM Manager Software Brown and Sharpe Reflex 454 CMM. This device tests a part or assembly against the design intent by precisely recording the X, Y and Z coordinates of the object. DCC CMMs can be programmed to repeatedly measure identical parts.

6’L x 4’W Certified Marble Surface plate

Capvidia Comparevidia software that provides simple, fast compliance certification by comparing and validating CAD models. Comparevidia detects even the smallest errors or changes in geometry, topology, and annotation, including PMI. It also automatically generates detailed pass/fail reports.

Hexagon Absolute Arm RS6 3D Laser Scanner, an articulated arm with high-accuracy (achievable to within six microns) and portable capabilities, which increases the ease, speed and productivity of measuring a wide range of materials and parts.

Faro Edge ScanArm portable CMM, used to perform inspections, dimensional checks, alignments, CAD-to-part analysis, reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, 3D modeling and many more applications, with accuracy up to .0006″.

All necessary hand-held measuring devices with scheduled instrument inspections, traceable to the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST).

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(302) 834-5400
(336) 992-1100
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