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Nov 13, 2017

Nadcap Accreditation for Aerospace Quality System AC7004 Awarded to AOTCO

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On October 26, 2017, AOTCO METAL FINISHING CO.  Received Nadcap accreditation after successfully passing a Nadcap audit in Aerospace Quality System AC7004

This achievement is important for AOTCO METAL FINISHING CO.  As it demonstrates their commitment to delivering the highest standards of Aerospace Quality System AC7004.

“Congratulations to AOTCO METAL FINISHING CO. On successfully passing what may be the aerospace industry’s most stringent process capability assessment audit,” said Joe Pinto, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Performance Review Institute. “Nadcap audit criteria are widely acknowledged to be hard to meet and companies like AOTCO METAL FINISHING CO. who succeed at doing so, rightfully deserve recognition.”

What Does NADCAP Accreditation AC7004 Mean for AOTCO? 

What is NADCAP? 
Created in 1990, NADCAP (National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation) includes an intensive and highly specified set of requirements for manufacturers working in the aerospace and defense industries. The Aerospace and defense industries have incredibly high stakes, and therefore need to ensure that their suppliers are following a very strict set of rules and regulations. 

Unlike many other traditional quality assurance methods, NADCAP is an industry-managed program. This means that the requirements of the program are decided and agreed upon by industry leaders and government officials. The NADCAP program combines the technical expertise of industry to reduce risk across the aerospace and defense industries. 

Prior to the creation of NADCAP in the early 90’s, each aerospace company had their own audit that they would require their suppliers to meet. While each of these processes came from a different aerospace company, they all contained similar requirements. The repetition of the same requirements through different audits was redundant to say the least.


NADCAP audits examine a company’s entire body of processes. From production elements such as material use, material storage, operator consistency, and equipment to more external factors such as outsourcing partnerships and purchasing processes. All these elements must follow NADCAP’s process to successfully pass the audit and receive NADCAP certification. 

While the audit itself is a lengthy and highly-specificized process, it demonstrates to current or potential customers that our company is process-driven. In a poll conducted by PRI, 94% of suppliers claimed that they felt as though NADCAP certification added value to their company, as well as 70% reporting that their defect rates had decreased.  

Why Is NADCAP Accreditation AC7004 Important? 

NADCAP is recognized as the most intense process capability assessment in the industry, and when AOTCO Metal Finishing achieved NADCAP accreditation it was no small feat.  
NADCAP accreditation demonstrates that AOTCO Metal Finishing meets the highest industry standards and delivers outstanding, quality work to our partners in the Aerospace and Defense industries. The AOTCO team takes pride in this achievement and recognizes the hard work and dedication of our employees across the organization. Maintaining NADCAP Accreditation aligns with our team’s strong work ethic, reliability and dedication to doing the job right.  
Beyond that, the NADCAP Accreditation AC7004 represents excellence and gives global enterprises the confidence to know that they are working with only the best industry partners.  For further information or to enquire about AOTCO metal finishing solutions, contact us.