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4. Quality Management System - Context of the Organization

4.1 Understanding the Organization and it's Context

The organization is involved in manufacturing and assembly of industrial, aerospace, and other applications where machining and general assembly practices are used in production of a finished good.

The organization has reviewed key aspects of itself and its stakeholders to determine the strategic direction of the company. As part of this process, the organization determines external and internal issues relevant to the purpose and direction or the organization to ensure proper implementation of quality system requirements and to identify issues of concern to its interestded parties.

The organization performs a Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threats, analysis as necessary to evaluate the current position and direction of the company. Please see the analysis within the link below:


Such issues are also monitored and updated as appropriate, and discussed as part of management reviews.

4.2 Understanding the Needs and Expectations of Interested Parties

"Interested parties" are stakeholders who receive products manufactured by the organization. Stakeholders may also include those parties who may be impacted by the item or those parties who may otherwise have a significant interest in the organization.

Interested parties specifically identified by the organization include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Customer PRIMEs - Boeing, Northrop Grumman, DLA
  • Inspection or regulatory agencies
  • End-users
The organization's ability to perform and strategic direction in relation to interested parties is reviewed in conjunction with the performance of the SWOT Analysis included in 4.1 above. This is periodically updated as conditions and situations change.

4.3 Determining the Scope of the Quality Management System

The scope of the organization is listed on the front page of the Quality Manual in the "WebHome" section.

Also, refer to this section for any and all exclusions.

4.4 Quality Management System and it's Processes

The organization documents, implements and maintains a quality management system and continually improves its effectiveness in accordance with the requirements of AS9100 Rev. D and ISO9001:2015. The system addresses all Customer and Regulatory Requirements as specified by our customers or Regulatory Agencies (regulatory where applicable.)

The organization:

  • determines the processes needed for the quality management system and their application throughout the organization (see 1.2),

  • determines the sequence and interaction of these processes ,
  • determines criteria and methods needed to ensure that both the operation and control of these processes are effective,
  • ensures the availability of resources and information necessary to support the operation and monitoring of these processes,
  • monitors, measures where applicable and analyzes these processes, and
  • implements actions necessary to achieve planned results and continual improvement of these processes. These processes are managed in accordance with the requirements of AS9100 Rev. D and ISO9001:2015.

Where the organization chooses to outsource any process that affects product conformity to requirements, the organization ensures control over such processes. The type and extent of control to be applied to these outsourced processes are defined within the quality management system.

Note 1: Processes needed for the quality management system referred to above include processes for management activities, provision of resources, product realization, measurement, analysis, and improvement.

Note 2: An "outsourced process" is a process that the organization needs for its quality management system and whih the organization chooses to have performed by an external party.

Note 3: Ensuring control over outsourced processes does not absolve the organization of the responsibility of conformity to all customer, statutory and regulatory requirements. The type and extent of control to be applied to the outsourced process can be influenced by factors such as:

  • the potential impact of the outsourced process on the organization's capability to provide product that conforms to requirements,
  • the degree to which the control for the process is shared,
  • the capability of achieving the necessary control through the application of clause 7.4.

The organization system for controlling outside processes is defined in the system.

4.4.1 Process Approach

The Kreis Tool & Mfg. Quality System is designed as a system of interrelated processes. All main activities in the company are defined as Quality System Processes are grouped into the following categories (refer to the System Overview diagram at the top):
  • Customer Requirements
  • Product Realization
  • Measurement Analysis and improvement
  • Management Responsibility
  • Resource Management
  • Continual Improvement

The sequence and interrelation between processes are illustrated in this diagram.

Theses processes can also be categorized into "Core Processes" and "Support Processes".

Core Processes

Support Processes

  • Shipping and Delivery
  • Document Control System/process
  • Plant and Facility Maintenance
  • Internal Audit
  • Customer Satisfaction Monitoring
  • Training Process

Quality System Processes and sub-processes are documented in the system as Quality procedures and Work instructions.

4.4.2 Process Operation & Objectives

Processes are supported by Work Instructions. These are designated to verify processes are carried out effectively. Work instructions for individual processes are located here: WorkInstructions

The work instructions for the processes identified above include designation for the responsible users of each area, a description of the process and necessary inputs/outputs, as well as the sequence of processes to ensure the desired outcome.

Performance of quality system processes is also systematically monitored. This is to ensure their effectiveness and identify opportunities for improvement. Metrics for key areas are also maintained to verify processes are performing as intended. Performance of quality system processes is monitored through internal quality audits. The overall performance of the quality system is monitored by measuring customer satisfaction. (Quality Manual Section 8.2, Internal audits, Customer Satisfaction). Quality system processes are reviewed and analyzed by the management review of the quality system. (Quality Manual Section 5.6, Management Review). In Quality Manual Section 8.5 Management Review, Quality Objectives, and Corrective and Preventive Actions, define how the quality management system itself ensures its own compliance and continual improvement.

4.4.3 Outsourced/Sub-contracted Processes

When processes that affect product conformity are outsourced, special controls are implemented to ensure that these processes meet specified requirements. Such controls may include, as appropriate:

  • Evaluation and pre-qualification of suppliers
  • Assess of supplier realization processes and quality system
  • Flow-down of customer (contract) requirements,
  • Monitoring of supplier quality performance;
  • Requirements for process control, inspection, testing or other records demonstrating product conformity;
  • Verification of the supplied product.
Quality Manual Section 7.4 Supplier Evaluation, Purchasing and Verification of Purchased Product defines the policy related to Sub-contracted work.
Ensuring control over outsourced processes does not absolve Kreis Tool & Mfg. of the responsibility of conformity to all customer requirements.
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