What is Nadcap & Why Nadcap came about: click here to: Link to Techmetals Nadcap Processes list Chemical Processing - Plating
What does Nadcap stand for? National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program
Nadcap is PRI's brand name. PRI manages the program for special processes in the aerospace industry. PRI (Performance Review Institute) and existence came from the guidance of SAE. Nadcap's prime contractors and support staff meet to coordinate industry-wide standards for special processes and products through the Performance Review Institute made up of Primes and accredited suppliers.
Nadcap originally focused on US and Canada supply chain to Defense and Aerospace OEM's. Nadcap was brought about by the Department of Defense and Aerospace OEM's to provide consistent aerospace products and reduce overall administration cost. Nadcap really started to take shape in the early 1990's with the support of GE, Boeing, Rolls Royce, and Pratt &Whitney. Basically all major defense and aerospace Primes and OEMs are dedicated to support and require Nadcap accreditation because it has improved the supply chain in the industry and lowered the overall cost.
However, Nadcap has expanded and is now the global standard worldwide for Aerospace and Defense Contractors supply chain accreditation. Nadcap's evolving purpose is to create a supply chain that follows industry best practices, identified requirements, documentation, systems that foster continuous improvement, recording of process, inspection standards, required testing, and record specific variables of a given process which all lead to a more repeatable processes. This could be simply defined as Nadcap fostering continuous improvement and having a standard approach for special processing that is within the Nadcap scope.
A Basic list of Nadcap Prime and Aerospace Contractors are that require plating or chemical processing or coatings:
309 Maintenance Wing-Hill AFB, Agusta Westland, Airbus, Alenia Aeronautica, Astrium, Avio, BAE Systems, Ball Aerospace, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna Aircraft, DCMA, EADS CASA, Eurocopter, GE Aviation, General Dynamics, General Services Administration - GSA, Goodrich, Hamilton Sundstrand, Hawker Beechcraft, Heroux-Devtek, Honeywell Aerospace, Honeywell, Industria de Turbo Propulsores, Israel Aerospace Industries, Latecoere, Liebherr Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, M7 Aerospace, MD Helicopter, MTU Aero Engines, Northrop Grumman, Parker Aerospace, PFW Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, Safran, Sikorsky Aircraft, Sonaca, Spirit AeroSystems, Textron Systems, Thales, Triumph Group, US Air Force, United Space Alliance, Volvo Aero, Vought Aircraft and others. This list is for reference only and can change.
Nadcap is a similar accreditation to ISO, TS, and AS. However, it focuses more on the process side versus the overall Quality Management System. This accreditation helps Aerospace and Defense OEM's know which suppliers could meet their own requirements for their specific industry. Some OEM's or Primes allow the Nadcap accreditation as their main qualification and others OEM's and Primes use it as a pre-screening process; which still requires an additional audit by their company.
Areas or Activities within the Nadcap scope:
Chemical Processing (CP), Coatings (CT), Composites, Deicing(DEICE), Elastomer Seals (SEAL), Heat Treating (HT), Materials Testing Laboratories (MTL), Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), and Surface Enhancements (SE). These are just some of the processes the Nadcap scope covers. A Suppliers Nadcap approval will list what process or activity they have accreditation for. Just because a company is accredited for Chemical processing (CP), does not mean they have other accreditations not listed.