Connecting Aerospace Interests

breakfast_meetingA sampling of topics from past PNAA Breakfast Meetings...

Doing Business in China’s Aerospace Industry:
Obstacles and Opportunities

Participants learned about doing business in China. Peter Zieve and Ray Holden from Electroimpact provided a local perspective on doing business in China's aerospace sector. Based on their extensive experience, they shared lessons learned and tips on avoiding problems. John Evans from Tractus Asia will was on hand to provide a brief overview of China’s aerospace sector and Washington State’s efforts to promote the state in that market.

Click here to view Mr. Evans' presentation.

Click here to view Mr. Holden's presentation

A Supplier Database for the Pacific Northwest
Aerospace/Defense Industry – the PNAA/PNDC Alliance

Brice Barrett and Kevin Steck discussed the alliance between PNAA and PNDC and explained how this alliance has already benefited members of both organizations. One of the major upcoming benefits of this alliance, the Connectory, was demonstrated to show how our members can use this new buyer-seller connecting tool to benefit both parties and support the growth of the Pacific Northwest Aerospace and Defense Industries. They provided an on-line demonstration of how effective the tool can be for locating needed product and services within the Pacific Northwest Industry. Participants learned, first hand, how PNAA will help your company be number one in the search for a specific commodity or service.

Click here to view Mr. Barrett's presentation

Click here to view Mr. Steck's presentations.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
What’s in it For Small Businesses?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) presented a panel discussion about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), in which participants learned about provisions that are relevant and possibly beneficial to the small business community.

Mark Costello of the SBA discussed changes and enhancements to the SBA’s financing programs resulting from the Act. Mike Cvitkovic of the IRS discussed changes in the tax code contained in the Act that are designed to ease the tax burden on small business owners and individuals. Lisa Forrest, a commercial lender from Fortune Bank in Seattle, discussed the benefits of the SBA lending programs from the bank’s perspective, and offered advice for businesses seeking financing while dealing with difficult economic conditions.

Click here to see presentations and materials from this meeting.

Breaking the Customer Chains –
How to innovate AND stay focused on your customer

How many times have we been taught, focus on your customer? Many of the improvement tools we use start with the customer in mind, e.g. process management, kaizen, QFD, Voice of the Customer (VOC), and many more. However, if we only focus on the customer we will miss out on life changing / industry leading innovations.

Chris Lindstrom of Ceptara presented techniques on how to stay focused and deliver for the customer, while creating momentum to help introduce innovative solutions to the customer's new and current markets.

Click here to view Mr. Lindstrom's presentation.

ITAR/EAR: A Panel Discussion on Compliance Solutions

Attorney Akana Ma and FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kevin Koelbel conducted a review of a recent export compliance case that highlighted the importance of adopting a strong export compliant system.
Technofan, Inc's Export Compliance Officer Tracy Zmolik reviewed his recent experience with adopting an export compliance system focused on compliance issues his company faced. Tracy’s review demonstrated how small to mid sized companies can adopt practical solutions to comply with the numerous and sometimes confusing US Export Laws and Regulations.

Click here to view Mr. Ma & Mr. Koelbel's presentations.

New Techniques for Managing MBD/DPD

MBD using 3D source data has become the authority for supply chain interaction. This session presented by Bill Gratzek of Rand North America highlighted some interesting tools that allow rapid development of FAI (First Article Inspection) documentation and showed a solution for validation of translated data between 3D design software.
In addition, a new way of documenting how the MBD/DPD processes are carried out was reviewed. Most of today’s documentation is structured around Boeing’s D6-51991 requirements and is not integrated with the company’s other processes. Fulcrum Associates' John Graham reviewed a process mapping methodology to show how a more intuitive approach to applying the MBD/DPD processes can be achieved through 3D data validation software.

Click here to view Mr. Gratzek & Mr. Graham's presentations.

A Systems Approach to Obtaining FAA ODA
& What the FAA Changes Mean to You

FAA Order 8100-15 and 14 CFR Part 183 Subpart D addresses the formation of ODA organizations. This new FAA delegation - Organizational Delegated Authority – puts more responsibility on the Organization (company) than in the past (when the FAA took more hands on involvement).

If your company does not require ODA but you work with companies that do, you will be impacted by these new regulations. Complying with the FAA Order is complex with many technical and business decision variables which can impact your company’s future business. Tectura's Ken Smith reviewed the specifics of the ODA Order and discussed methods to effectively comply with these regulatory requirements in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Click here to view Mr. Smith's presentation.

AS9101 Draft Review -
How will these changes impact you?

Boeing's Tony Marino reviewed the proposed changes to the AS9101 standard and discussed how these changes will impact aerospace suppliers. The AS9101 standard contains the set of requirements that define what must be done when a supplier quality management system certification audit is conducted. The coordination draft reflects the agreement reached by the IAQG team at their meeting in April and has been prepared for wide distribution and review by all industry stakeholders. Tony conducted the meeting with the intent of collecting recommendations from the audience. These recommendations will be reviewed by the IAQG team in July as possible changes to the standard.

Click here to view Mr. Marino's presentation.

AS9100 Rev C Draft Review:
What are the proposed changes?

Boeing's Alan Daniels reviewed the proposed changes to the AS9100 standard.  The review provided insight into what is proposed for change and why the re-write committee has proposed the change.  Alan also reviewed the time line for approval of the changes and what will be expected of companies currently certified to the AS9100 Rev B. Click here to view Mr. Daniel's presentation.

Click here to view the proposed changes.

Preparing Inexpensive Inspection Planning to Deal with the
'General notes' Profile Tolerance for 787 MBD Data

Many manufacturers are experiencing difficulties in completing the inspection requirements for 787 MBD CATIA V5 data. Inspection documentation must be done on the explicit 3D annotated dimensions and GD&T, and a secondary inspection done on the "point cloud" envelope, representing the profile tolerance specified in the general notes.

Kaae Rillos demonstrated a method to comply with the "Point Cloud" requirement using CATIA V5 and Acrobat 3D.

Click here to view Mr. Rillos' PowerPoint Presentation.

How to Get the Greatest Benefit from
your AS9100 Registration

The registration process is not limited to the audit itself.  Aerospace suppliers and clients of Certification Body (Registrar) services benefited from Boeing veteran Brian Simons’ extensive knowledge of the AS9104 certification process requirements, supplier responsibilities and OEM expectations.  Mr. Simons brought his almost two decades of aerospace and quality experience into this discussion of how to get the most out of the registration process.

Click here to view Mr. Simons' PowerPoint Presentation.

Aerospace Quality:
What is Happening Globally That Will Impact You?

This session covered the changing requirements in Global Aerospace Quality and how it will affect your business.

Managing Scrap:
A Machine Shop Profit Center

We are in a very tight supply market that has driven up prices for raw material and made clean scrap prices climb in concert. The session covered considerations for dealing with the scrap generated by aerospace machine shops and how proper procedures can turn expensive waste into a profit center.

Recruiting and Retaining Employees
in a Strong Economy

This session covered tactics and methods that some companies are using in attracting and retaining employees in a labor market where technically skilled folks are in short supply.

Strategies for Dealing with the Tight Materials Market

The session covered strategies for dealing with the tight supply of materials such as steel and titanium.  Material pricing and supply and the prospects for the increase in prices and decrease in supply were also discussed.

Developing the 3DXMD Model Based Definition Interface Standard

This session covered how the latest Acrobat 3D technology can be used to extract and present all manufacturing and inspection information from a CATIA V5 MBD (787) dataset.

Quality Assurance - How Will the New Corrective Action Response Requirements Impact You?

This session reviewed current activities surrounding the aerospace industry corrective action processes and identified how these activities may impact your company.  It also covered a review a corrective action process that has proven effective at solving system problems and satisfying the

Click here to view Mr. Marino's presentation.


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