In aircraft industry, the quality of material used for manufacturing airframes is considered essential. Airframes consist of inner components of an aircraft and its outer skin. All of those components are expected to be strong and durable enough to sustain the stresses of taking off, flying and landing while still being lightweight and flexible. Aircraft industry thus relies on continuous supply of aerospace materials that are provided by companies specializing in providing raw materials, aircraft aluminum, aerospace metals and specialty alloys. Because the quality of the materials that aircraft industry uses determines the integrity of the aircraft components that are made from them, the reliability of the company supplying those materials becomes an essential matter.
Manufacturers of airframes should work only with supplier whose credibility and reputation are assured. An aerospace material supplier with assured reputation should meet the following criteria.
- It must have established experience.
A supplier that has been supplying aerospace materials for 30 years or more is considered an established supplier with recognized experience.
- It must be certified.
A supplier of high-grade aerospace materials should be able to show some certifications it has acquired. Of all certifications that the supplier has acquired, the one that exhibits its ISO 9001 compliance is considered the most important.
- It must be able to provide a complete selection of supplies.
Airframe manufacturers will require supplies including rods, bars, wires, strips, plates, sheets, etc. A supplier should be able to provide everything that its clients request.
- It must be able to provide services that its clients require.
From time to time, clients will require processing and testing services. Whenever these services are requested, the supplier is expected to be able to provide them.
- It must provide the best possible service to its clients.
A reputable supplier can guarantee that all ordered supplies can be shipped within 24 to 48 hours, that there is quality assurance department that ensures the quality of the supplies, and that the shipping process is certified.