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56 PCB007 MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2021 being AS-certified. From a performance stand- point, implementing AS9100D will result in: • Better decision-making • Improved efficiency and customer satisfaction • Better supplier relationships • Habitual continual improvement • Reduction of organizational risks I-Connect007: What are some of the key trends and challenges involved in implementing AS9100? Williams: Upgrading clients' quality systems to AS9100 is the fastest growing part of my busi- ness, which is becoming even more important in today's business environment. AS includes 100% of ISO 9001 requirements plus over 80 additional ones. AS requires much more disci- pline than ISO, but the effort required pales in comparison to the organizational performance benefits that can be achieved. Feature Interview by the I-Connect007 Editorial Team Steve Williams, president of e Right Approach Consulting and an I-Connect007 columnist, will be presenting a session in the Professional Development track at IPC APEX EXPO 2022 in San Diego. His session, "Aero- space AS9100D: 2016 in Plain English," takes place the aernoon of January 23. We asked Steve to provide some highlights of his class, and to explain why AS9100D is so critical to manufacturers who have customers in the aerospace sector—or wish to enter that lucrative market. I-Connect007: Why is this topic so important for PCB manufacturers in the military and aerospace segments? Steve Williams: e aerospace parts market has a $900 billion total available market (TAM) and access to this business largely depends on Steve Williams Explains 'AS9100D: 2016 in Plain English' Steve Williams

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