There are several certifications that are preferred — if not crucial — to have when machining parts for industries as strict and important as aerospace and defense. Two of the most common certifications you’ll see in relation to these industries are ITAR registration and the AS9100. The purpose of these certifications is to help manage quality assurance systems and standards for some of the most important pieces of equipment being used on a regular basis by our government. This leads us to two very important questions: What do each of these certifications mean, and why do they make Fair Haven the most qualified machine shop in Vermont?
The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of rules governing the export and re-export of specific products, defense services, and technical data. The government uses ITAR registration to track the shipment and activities of companies that offer these aforementioned defense-related products, services, and data.
As a company that regularly ships items that have been designed, developed, adapted, and modified for military use under the United States Munitions List (USML), Fair Haven Machining is proud to be ITAR compliant. In fact, Fair Haven Machine specializes in accepting contract-type work in these strict industries, including aerospace and government spaces. Contract work allows us to offer customers weekly or monthly shipments to fulfill their needs. For reference, Fair Haven Machine has the capability to work with a wide variety of materials, and regularly works with the likes of Inconel, titanium, and stainless steel.
The AS9100 certification (also known as EN9100:2018 or AS9100D) is the most recent standard for businesses that design, develop, or provide aviation, space, and defense products and services, including parts, components, or assemblies. Like past versions of this certification, the AS9100 standardizes quality management systems for companies involved with the aerospace industry and supply chain. The standard does so by building off of general ISO 9001 standards and adding industry-specific guidelines for the safe development, production, and distribution of aerospace parts and products.
The aforementioned materials such as Inconel and titanium require special tooling and expertise to machine, so why not pick a machine shop with the experience and advanced equipment to get the job done right? For many aerospace and defense-related machining, Fair Haven Machine utilizes a variety of unique machines, including vertical and 4-axis machining centers.
Being an ITAR registered and AS9100 certified machine shop is what makes Fair Haven Machining perfect for complex aerospace and defense machining jobs. While we do push a focus in government contract work, it does not limit us in machining high-quality components for a wide variety of industries.
As a whole, Fair Haven Machine specializes in CNC machining and other precision machining services. By utilizing state-of-the-art technology such as modern CAD/CAM software, we are able to quickly and accurately program designs for even the most complex parts. Regardless of your contract CNC machining or prototyping needs, contact Fair Haven Machine today to learn more about how we can assist you with your next project.