BMT Aerospace receives Nadcap accreditation for measurement and inspection

BMT Aerospace International has received Nadcap accreditation for Measurement and Inspection. The company therefor successfully passed a Nadcap audit on its Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM). Thanks to this recognition from Nadcap, BMT Aerospace International confirms its position as a trusted manufacturer of high-precision components for the aerospace industry.   The National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap) brings together prime contractors, suppliers and government representatives to achieve a standardized, streamlined approach to quality assurance, auditing and accreditation throughout the supply chain.   The Nadcap Measurement and Inspection (M&I) certification was introduced to ensure that quality is measured across the industry consistently. Nadcap’s M&I certificate takes a wider and more in depth approach than most current audit programs, looking at everything from employee skills to measurement process validation practices, maintenance and measurement environment.  

First Nadcap M&I certification in Belgium

“We are glad to receive this Nadcap accreditation, because it is a recognition for both our technological capabilities and our people,” said Peter Praet, Quality Assurance Manager at BMT Aerospace International. “The fact that BMT Aerospace International is the first Belgian company to receive this certification makes it extra special.”   In order to receive the accreditation, BMT Aerospace International took part in an extensive audit of its measurement and inspection processes. Aided by the company’s experience with previous Nadcap certifications, BMT passed the M&I audit in February 2019 with flying colors.  

Critical processes

M&I processes are used throughout manufacturing to verify whether products meet specification. Failure to accurately measure can lead to performance degradation, sub-optimal products, manufacturing and assembly problems, increased cost and lead-time, reduced life, and part failure. Today, only a few of these processes are audited at a detailed industry-wide level, which means that M&I basics are being missed in current audit programs and there is a high risk of product impact. With its M&I program, Nadcap meets the need for a quality assurance program according to the aerospace industry’s high standards. This way, an effective measurement and inspection process for product acceptance is guaranteed.