Purpose: to provide additional emphasis on certain quality management system (QMS) requirements pertaining to suppliers of raw materials or processing services for S&N customers in the aerospace industry. The suppliers and subcontractors to S&N are expected to implement/maintain a QMS including the following requirements.

Suppliers must:

• Not deviate from product requirements, material specifications/designated sources or manufacturing processes employed at the time of initial part approval without S&N’s approval.

• Maintain accountability for all products, including: revision status of all parts/components, traceability to original manufacturer, date of manufacture and material used, and specific records of nonconforming product disposition completion.

• Ensure Country of Origin information is available upon request by S&N.

• Notify S&N of any significant changes in processes, products or services provided, including changes to sub-tier suppliers and/or location of manufacture; ensure S&N’s approval is received.

• Maintain positive physical control and identification of nonconforming product designated as scrap until physically destroyed.

• Not apply a “use as is” disposition to nonconforming product without written approval from S&N.

• Report to S&N, on the same day of discovery, any situations where it is discovered after-the-fact that nonconforming product was inadvertently shipped.

• Prevent the use of counterfeit parts or substances. See also AS 6174 – Counter Materiel: Assuring Acquisition of Authentic and Conforming Materiel, and AS 5553 – Counterfeit Electronics parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition.

• Apply nonconforming product controls to product with shelf-lives, consistent with those or, as a default, to such product more than 1 year old.

• Retain inspection records with traceability to the specific related product for a minimum of 10 years after the date of manufacture.

• Provide a legible copy of actual inspection results with each shipment if requested.

• Ensure stock rotation

• Inform S&N prior to acceptance of any order for a new or existing part of any gaps in the information provided by S&N that could result in the supplier producing any product or failing to meet any other requirements expected by/defined by S&N

• Accurately and completely communicate in writing all pertinent S&N requirements to sub-suppliers, including key characteristics, critical items, and special requirements, or other “flow downs” applicable to the subcontracted activity.

• Periodically check the condition of any production equipment or tooling used on aerospace parts while the equipment or tooling is in storage and exercise proper controls over inactive equipment/tooling being stored

• Accommodate reasonable requests by S&N or customer representatives for whom you supply product and/or other regulatory authorities’ access to your facilities and product-related records. This extends to subcontractors.

• Adhere to export/import requirements per as ITAR and related Export Laws and Regulations, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Department of Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), including Security Requirements.

• Ensure that personnel involved with S&N product are aware of their contribution to product/service conformity, product safety, and the importance of ethical behavior.


Original Issue via S&N website: October, 2019                 By: Vice President, S&N Mfg., Inc.