The Aerospace Standard Parts Qualification Program (ASPQP), a program of SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (SAE ITC), released its updated TS200 Database of approved, qualified manufacturers of Aerospace Standard Nuts, Bolts, and Electrical connectors. The TS200 database and the associated parts were formerly part of the UK ADS standards program which became part of SAE ITC in 2015. The majority of the engine related standards are applicable to the Rolls-Royce engine suite and carry product qualification. Many of the standard parts are used on the F35 lift fan assembly. Airframe standards are widely used by Airbus, Leonardo and BAE Systems.
The updated database allows organizations which use this data to get closer to real-time updates, more accurate data, a better user interface with enhanced search capabilities, and the industry to maintain a more detailed audit trail of changes.
Shown below are the total number of SAE ITC ASPQP standards available to industry. Of these approximately 10% are considered 'active' and are regularly maintained and updated:
What do standard nuts, bolts and connectors - which span from World War I era with parts designed by pioneers of the Aerospace Industry to new novel designs for modern aircraft applications, such as weight saving through materials and design - have in common with the latest software technology? These standard parts have provided an ideal platform to pilot blockchain distributed ledger technology. Although copyrighted, the design of the parts is 'public' and the information on who is qualified to produce the parts is public. There is a relatively small number of certificates (approximately 100) representing a relatively small number of suppliers (approximately 40) which covers hundreds of part families and thousands of parts. The historical certification data had many of the issues any organization would face in terms of formatting and transitioning its legacy information from word or PDF files to a tabular database format. The conversion and tidying-up of this data is a tangible benefit to industry in terms of improving ease of use for identifying qualified sources. As a pilot for blockchain, it enables SAE ITC as a non-profit, working for the good of the industry, to share the practical lessons learned and apply them to other industry managed Qualified Manufacturers List and Qualified Product Lists.
The TS200 database has been developed jointly by SAE International and SAE ITC. The database enables users to search for ASPQP qualified manufacturers and products. A certificate of qualification can be generated from the stored data which can be printed or stored electronically. The database also links to SAE Mobilus where copies of the product standards and other documents can be procured.
TS200 lists qualified manufacturers for ASPQP Aerospace Industry Standards parts as listed above. As described on the ASPQP website, suppliers listed in the database have satisfied the Engine & Airframe Technical Standards Committee (EATSC), through test reports and/or other qualification requirements as specified by the relevant technical specifications, that they have the capability to manufacture the listed products in accordance with the standards. Products manufactured during a period of qualification validity (e.g. prior to expiration) are still considered valid parts manufactured in accordance with the qualification requirement, even if the qualification expired while the parts were sitting in stock on a shelf. Ultimately the user is responsible for ensuring the parts are fit for purpose, and this new database will make this easier to verify, as well as make it easier to find suitable parts for new designs.
Standards released by the SAE ITC's ASPQP program in 2018 are:
The Aerospace Standard Parts Qualification Program (ASPQP), is an industry-led standards and part qualification program. ASPQP serves as the secretariat for the Engine and Airframe Technical Standards Committee (EATSC) for standards and qualifications previously managed under ADS, UK's Trade Association for Aerospace, Defense and Security. Further information about ASPQP including standards, forms, and supporting documents can be found on ASPQP's website.
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