AS First Articles used by the aerospace and defense industries includes 3 forms: part number accountability, product accountability, and characteristic accountability. AS Form 2: Product Accountability All material and process specifications, as well as any special processes and functional testing defined as design requirements, must be accounted for on Form 2. AS Form 3: Characteristic Accountability All product characteristics such as dimensions, tolerances, notes, etc. An inspection drawing or model is required whereby all inspection characteristics defined using CAD annotations are clearly identified with uniquely numbered inspection balloons. The numbers on the inspection balloons must correspond to the characteristic numbers on Form 3.

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What is AS? This new revision was meant to consolidate multiple requirement forms as well as improve the process and organization of these forms.

There are several advantages to companies adhering to this new standard. Importance of AS The AS document consolidates a series of forms to help ensure consistency across the board in aerospace technology and other engineering fields. The three AS forms are: part number accountability, product accountability, and characteristic accountability. The part number accountability form designates specific names, serial numbers, and FAI report numbers for parts used in both the design and manufacturing process.

Filling out and tracking these forms help companies ensure validity and reliability when introducing new parts. If something goes wrong in the process, the company can look back at the documentation to see exactly which part he needs to change. Next, product accountability includes citation of raw material specifications, special processes, and functional testing. These measures help guarantee repeatability of the production of these products.

Finally, characteristic accountability evaluates verification and compatibility. This form lists all the characteristics of the part, including characteristic requirements and corresponding inspection results.

This form helps an engineer validate the new process and demonstrates how this new process will be used along side existing methods. Requirements for AS With all the specifications listed in the AS revision, and all the different fields that this form covers, it might seem difficult to understand which sections of the form must one complete before submitting it.

Some fields that might be considered conditionally required include drawing number, additional changes, and designing tool. Examples of optional information include the name of the person who prepared the FAI, the name of the person who approved the FAI, the date FAI is reported, and the name of the customer who approved everything.


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