Quality Systems

We consider quality to be our main priority and have endeavored to ensure we delivery on our claims. To maintain a high level of quality we have become certified to a number of quality systems ensuring we will meet your needs. These programs also let us monitor and improve our internal systems justifying the pride we take for the quality parts we deliver to each customer.

AS9100 REV D / ISO9001:2015

We are an AS9100 REV D and ISO9001:2015 registered company.  Using the continuous monitoring and improvement programs of these quality systems we are able to deliver what you expect.

AWS Certified Welding

We have been a sustaining member of the American Welding Society since 2006.  We rigorously adhere to each of the welding codes per each customer’s requirement.  We are able to develop our own in house procedures, and when requested will have a 3rd part inspector verify the quality of our welds.  For more information see Welding Services.

ITAR Registered

ABC Sheet Metal has registered with the United States State Department in support of ITAR regulations.  You can be certain that we will protect and respect your components.

LA City Licensed Fabricator

We are a LA City Licensed Fabricator.  Our license ensures your projects are performed by a credible company licensed to work on buildings that follow the LA building codes

Quality Clauses

3-25-2019 REV A

This document establishes the purchasing quality requirements for products, processes and services purchased by ABC Sheet Metal. The compliance with these requirements does not reduce the supplier’s responsibility for furnishing products, process, and/or services that fully comply with all drawing(s) and specification(s) requirements, nor does it guarantee acceptance of products, process and/or services found to be defective and cannot be demonstrated by the supplier to be in conformance with the purchase order requirements, ABC Sheet Metal shall have the right to reject them.


Quality Assurance Terms and Conditions

Q.1. Certificate of Conformance

Supplier shall provide a Certificate of Conformance with unique certification number. The Certificate of Conformance must contain the following information:

  • Title and Specification Number of the process
  • Name and Address of the Supplier’s facility
  • Date the C of C was issued
  • Purchase order number
  • Purchase Order Part number and revision
  • Quantity of parts (to include quantity accepted/rejected)
  • Signature and title of authorized quality agent of seller
  • Fracture durability classification or serialization when required
  • A statement of conformance.

Q.2. Raw Material Test Reports

Supplier shall submit a chemical and/or physical test report per the applicable specification for the material shipped under this order with actual test results from samples of this specific lot of material. Raw material test reports shall be identified by lot number as well as material type, specification and heat number and must be traceable. If order requires DFARS material, the supplier agrees to only supply material in accordance with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 252.225-7014.

Q.3. Special Process Certification

Special process suppliers (heat treat, NDT, plating, finishing, brazing, etc.) are responsible for compliance to the applicable specifications, whether the operation is performed within their facility or by subcontractors. A legible and reproducible copy of special process certifications shall accompany each shipment of products or services. Supplier’s Process Certification must identify the vendor performing process, reference the applicable specification and signed by authorized Quality Assurance personnel.

Q.4. Quality System

The supplier compliance and/or certification to ISO9001 or AS9100, or equivalent is preferred but not mandatory. The supplier’s quality assurance system is subject to an initial survey and approval by ABC Sheet metal and/or their customers. Supplier shall maintain a quality program that insures adequate control of quality throughout the performance of this purchase order and demonstrates adequate process enduring purchase order requirements can be met.

Q.5. Record Retention

The supplier shall maintain all records relating to inspection, testing, acceptance, rejection and certification for a period of at least Ten (10) years after date of delivery, unless otherwise stated. These records shall be available for review by representatives of ABC and/or its customers and/or regulatory authorities at any reasonable time during the supplier’s work hours throughout the retention period.

Q.6. Non-Conforming Product

Supplier shall notify ABC of any non-conforming product in a timely manner for disposition and shipping instructions. Cost associated with submitting non-conforming product to ABC customers will be charged to sub-tiers. All non-conforming parts/material must be identified individually. When a nonconformance is determined to exist or suspect exist, on goods or services already provided to ABC, supplier must notify ABC with a written letter of disclosure within two days of when non-conformance was determined.

Q.7. First Article Inspection

The supplier shall perform a first article inspection on all items on this purchase order. Latest revision of AS9102 is preferable. Inspection report must accompany shipment to ABC and non-evasively tag the part used for the FAI in the shipment.

Q.8. Government Source Inspection

Government inspection is required prior to shipment from your plant. Upon receipt of this order, promptly notify and furnish a copy of the purchase order to the Government Representative who normally services your plant so that appropriate planning for Government inspection can be accomplished. Supplier shall provide evidence of GSI source inspection with each shipment.

Q.9. Right of Entry

ABC Sheet Metal their customers and authorities (including Government representatives) reserve the Right-of-Entry into a supplier organization, at any level of the supply chain, to determine and verify quality of work at any and all stages of production. All information, including digital information, records, logs, inspection tests and any other data are subject to review by ABC Sheet Metal and their customers.

Q.10. Proprietary Agreement

All drawings, technical information and electronic definition used in conjunction with purchase order are considered confidential and proprietary to ABC Sheet Metal and its customers. No unauthorized reproduction of media is allowed in any form other than that intended to produce product and/or services directly associated with purchase order. Supplier agrees to not make changes in products or design details which would affect the part of any component here of without prior written approval from ABC. The supplier is required to maintain a process for the control and use of digital data sets in compliance with customer requirements.

ITAR COMPLIANCE when stated on purchase order. Supplier shall comply with all U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120 through 130, and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730 through 799, in the performance of this contract. Unless otherwise granted an exemption, supplier shall be responsible for obtaining the appropriate licenses or other approvals, if required, for exports of hardware, technical data, and software, or for the provision of technical assistance.

Supplier shall be responsible for obtaining export licenses, if required, before utilizing foreign persons in the performance of this contract, including instances where the work is to be performed on-site at any Government installation, where the foreign person will have access to export-controlled technical data or software.

Supplier shall be responsible for all regulatory record keeping requirements associated with the use of licenses and license exemptions/exceptions.

Supplier shall flow-down ITAR compliance provisions to suppliers and subcontractors in all purchase orders and subcontracts.

Q.11. Supplier Notice of change

The supplier must provide notification to ABC Sheet Metal prior to changes to the following:

  • The supplier’s management (ownership)
  • Location
  • Supplier part configuration
  • Processes used
  • Their suppliers

Q.12. Calibration System Requirements

The supplier and their sub-tier suppliers shall be responsible for providing and ascertaining the correctness of tools, gauges and test equipment. The calibration system shall comply with ASNI/NCSL Z540.1, MIL-STD-45662 or ISO 10012 as applicable. Records of calibration shall be available for review upon request.

Q.13. Foreign Object Debris (FOD)

Supplier must maintain a program to control and eliminate Foreign Object Debris (FOD) and/or contamination during Supplier’s manufacturing, assembly, test and inspection operations affecting this purchase order.

Q.14. Counterfeit Prevention

Supplier shall establish and maintain a Counterfeit Parts Prevention and Control Plan using Industry Standard AS-5553 and AS6174 as guidelines. The purpose of this document shall be to prevent the delivery of counterfeit parts and control parts identified as counterfeit.

External Provider shall only produce products or purchase components/hardware direct from the original component manufacturer (OCM)/original equipment manufacturer (OEM), or through an authorized (franchised) distributor. Work shall not be acquired from independent distributors or brokers without approval from the buyer in writing. The seller will comply with the requirements in AS 5553 for electronic components and AS6174 for Material procurements. Buyer must be notified immediately if the seller suspects they may have been supplied counterfeit parts. Work that is delivered that contains or includes counterfeit parts will be replaced, at the seller’s expense, with certified genuine parts. Seller will flow down the above requirements to all suppliers/subcontractors to ensure they are buying material, hardware, and electronic components, as applicable, from the OCM/OEM or an authorized distributor. Supplier must demonstrate documented tools and procedures are in place, and functioning accordingly, to screen, detect, and ensure that components are not misrepresented.

Q.15. Product Safety

The supplier is responsible to assure the compliance and controls over any product as provided by ABC, or manufactured for ABC is processed, inspected, controlled and shipped in a manner to assure the integrity of the product and safety of the product is properly controlled as per the defined ABC requirements. The supplier shall plan, implement, and control the processes needed to assure product safety during the entire product life cycle, as appropriate to the organization and the product such as:

Assessing hazards and management of associated risks, management of safety critical items, analyze and report any occurred events affecting safety of the product, communication of these events and training of persons.

Q.16. Flowdown Requirements

All ABC Sheet Metal Sub-Tier Suppliers shall comply with ABC Sheet Metal Customer Contractual Agreements. These requirements shall be flowed down to all Sub-Tier Suppliers of ABC Sheet Metal as applicable. The supplier shall ensure that the requirements be flowed down to every sub-tier supplier, including key characteristics where required.

Q.17. Ethical Behavior

Supplier shall be aware of the importance of ethical behavior and maintain an Ethics Policy for employees as it relates to their contribution to product or service conformity and product safety.

Q.18. Mercury Exclusion

Products furnished under this purchase order shall contain no metallic mercury compounds and shall be free of mercury contamination. The supplier shall furnish a signed statement of conformance to this requirement. The statement can be included within the supplier’s certification of conformance.


The following clauses apply to all Purchase Orders issued by ABC Sheet Metal

Q.2, Q.4, Q.5, Q.6, Q.9, Q.10, Q.11, Q.14, Q.15, Q.16, & Q.17, & Q18.

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