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    Pioneer Cuts recently announced a few exciting changes. One was a much-needed expansion of the facility, and the other was the addition of new programming software called ProShop ERP. Both transitions have brought many new opportunities for machinists to serve thriving industries. However, PC experts have been limited because of ISO9000 and AS9100 certifications, or lack thereof.

    By the end of the year, that won’t be a problem anymore. Pioneer Cuts is soon to be dually certified, making them the premier source for aerospace manufacturing in a new state-of-the-art facility. So, what all goes into CNC machining and why are these certifications so imperative? Let’s start at the beginning.

    What certifications are needed for precision CNC machining?

    While DIYers can make simple projects in their garage, complex parts and components that are crafted for large, regulated industries must comply with certain standards. Precision CNC machining requires machinists that are highly skilled, diligently trained, and certified for various types of work. Thus, these are the three main types of certification most commonly needed for professional CNC machining:

    1. ITAR
    2. ISO9000
    3. AS9100

    Each certification has its own reinstatement requirements, licensing deadlines, and auditing guidelines – all of which must be diligently managed by the machinists running the show to ensure maximum quality, optimal safety, and mistake-free adherence to industry standards.

    How does Pioneer Cuts use the ITAR certification?

    Since the professionals at Pioneer Cuts are already ITAR certified, they’re able to complete many complicated jobs that couldn’t otherwise be completed by less prepared machine shops. That’s because ITAR stands for International Traffic in Arms Regulations, meaning only registered companies can craft parts or components for guns and ammunition. Thus, PC experts use this certification to service a vital industry that relies heavily on adherence to strict laws.

    DID YOU KNOW: ITAR registration helps defend the United States against national security threats and disruptions to international policy.

    What is ISO9000 certification and how is it used?

    The ISO 9000 certification is extremely important, especially for machine shops that make aerospace components, automotive parts, or medical equipment. It’s actually a series of high standards put on the manufacturing industry to ensure maximum safety. It’s also based on strict criteria and focused on quality assurance through each step of the CNC machining process. Therefore, companies with this certification are better poised to offer rapid prototyping and expedited metal finishing.

    By the end of the year, Pioneer Cuts experts will possess this coveted certification on top of its ITAR registration, allowing machinists to maintain a productive, efficient, and closely regulated system that serves multiple sectors at once. Plus, the addition of this certification ultimately means reduced production costs, fewer wasted materials, shorter lead times, and more accurate finished products.

    FUN FACT: Implementing ISO9000 series standards allows CNC machine shops to continually improve their approach to complex manufacturing projects, including those that involve automation.

    How is AS9100 used and why?

    Back in 1999, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the European Association of Aerospace Industries (EAAI) released a standardized quality management system called the AS9100. Since then, it has become widely adopted by the automotive and aerospace sectors, providing quality assurance for everything from design and development to manufacturing, installation, and troubleshooting. CNC machine shops with this certification can therefore create industry-standard parts without delay or default.

    In fact, many aerospace and automotive manufacturers only work with companies that have the AS9100 certification. That’s because it ensures maximum precision and protects both the machine shop and the manufacturer from damages and waste. And since Pioneer Cuts strives to remain on the cutting edge of manufacturing technology, a new AS9100 certification is on the way by the end of 2021. Combined with the recently constructed facility, the PC crew will soon be poised to serve with even more confidence.

    What’s the difference between ISO9000 and AS9100 certifications?

    Having both certifications on top of an ITAR registration is important regardless of which industries are served. As mentioned, each certification offers its own unique advantages to both the manufacturer and the machine shop making its parts. That means there are some primary differences between the two, including some that may dictate what’s possible for a machinist.

    For example, the AS9100 includes everything from the ISO 9000 quality management system series, but it also has a few additional requirements that are listed specifically for the aerospace industry. The ISO is ideal for certain projects, but more precise manufacturing must be done under AS9100 licensing. Thus, the AS9100 now takes the place of earlier versions while fully incorporating and/or emphasizing previous requirements of the ISO9000 series.

    NOTE: Most of the differences pertain to improved or modified safety guidelines for worldwide compliance, therefore they’re typically required for all global aerospace manufacturers.

    The takeaway

    Pioneer Cuts is already the best-equipped CNC machine shop for the automotive and firearm industries, with ITAR registration on the books and ISO9000 certification on the way. But with additional AS9100 certification, the PC experts can soon service more manufacturers in each sector to develop precision parts that adhere to the strictest of industry standards without causing delays, hiccups, or material waste. For more information on how these exciting changes could affect your project, contact someone at Pioneer Cuts as soon as possible.

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