Meridian QF 8.4-3 Rev. 02
Meridian Industrial Group (MIG) is required to ensure the adequacy of requirements prior to our communication to external providers. All suppliers must be on MIG's Approved Supplier List (ASL). To become an approved supplier please contact us. Meridian monitors it's Approved Supplier's through the use of an annual questionnaire as well as their performance on each award.
MIG shall communicate to external providers its requirements for;
a) the processes, products, and services to be provided including the identification of relevant technical data, (e.g., specifications, drawings, process requirements, work instructions);
b) the approval of:
1) products and services;
2) methods, processes, and equipment;
3) the release of products and services;
c) competence, including any required qualification of persons;
d) the external providers’ interactions with MIG;
e) control and monitoring of the external providers’ performance to be applied by MIG;
f) verification or validation activities that MIG, or its customer, intends to perform at the external providers’ premises;
g) design and development control;
These requirements are communicated through the use of the below Quality Clauses:
A. Quality Systems – The supplier shall maintain a quality system that at a minimum meets one or more of the following requirements: ISO 9001, AS9100 or NADCAP.
B. First Article Inspection – The supplier shall perform a 100% inspection of all drawing characteristics and notes. A report shall be submitted identifying each characteristic noted on the blueprint. The inspector shall stamp/sign each characteristic indicating acceptance/rejection. A certification shall include the following: MIG PO number, part number and revision, quantity inspected, and if applicable serial/heat numbers.
C. Material Certification – A original mill material certification shall be provided with the shipment which includes the following: material specification number, revision letter, lot or heat number, shelf life, and date of shipment. Actual test results as required by the specification, such as mechanical test data, chemical properties, hardness, etc. shall accompany the certification. The certification must include a signature by the authorized agent as well as the agent’s title. None of the materials used can be conflict minerals or counterfeit materials. Also please review for additional requirements such as Rohs, mercury free, etc.
D. Certification of Conformance – A certification of conformance stating "All blueprint and/or specification requirements have been met" and that "inspection records, material certifications, and/or special process certifications (when applicable) are on file and available for review." This certification must be signed by the authorized agent, including the agent's title. This certification must include the following: MIG PO Number, part number, revision level, quantity shipped, and when applicable, serial number and raw material lot number.
E. Special Process Certification - A certification is required with a statement certifying conformance to each special process (e.g. welding, plating, FPI, heat treat, etc.) performed on the process specification(s) listed on the MIG PO. The signature of an authorized agent of the company performing the special process, including the agent's title must appear on the certification. The certification must include the following: MIG PO number, part number, revision level, quantity shipped, and if applicable, serial number and raw material lot number.
F. Shelf Life Certification - A certification is required for the shelf life of age/environmental sensitive materials. The certification must include the following: MIG PO number, part or specification number, revision level, lot or batch number, quantity shipped, the date of manufacture, the shelf life and date of expiration. It must also be signed by an authorized agent of the company along with the agent's title. Shelf life shall be more than 90% as received by Meridian Industrial Group.
G. Calibration Certification - A certificate is required stating that calibration has been performed to the appropriate standards or test requirements to which certification applies, and environmental conditions under which the calibration was performed. The certificate must include: the date of calibration, serial number of the tools calibrated, the NIST test number for traceability to standards used in calibration or tests, and their due date for recalibration. The certificate must also contain a report number for traceability; state the actual readings or results of the tests and the degree of conformance or acceptance to specified requirements. A statement that calibrations or tests were performed in accordance with ANSI/NCSL Z540, ISO10012, or equivalent and are traceable to NIST, must appear on the certificate. The certificate must be signed by an authorized agent of the calibration source, including the agent's title.
H. Source Inspection - Prior to shipment of any material or product, MIG and/or the Customer must be notified to perform source inspection and acceptance of the product at the Supplier's facility. Acceptance does not imply product or service performed will not be rejected upon receipt by the MIG customer should a nonconformance be found
I. Supplier Flow-down of MIG Requirements - Should MIG outsource products to be manufactured or special processes to be performed, and the Supplier outsources to Sub-tier Suppliers, the applicable MIG Purchase Order flow-down requirements must be flowed down to the Sub-tier Supplier, (including key characteristics, special requirements, critical characteristics, records, etc.). Suppliers are to have documented procedures in place for creating, controlling, and retaining records in accordance with both their own Quality System and MIG purchase order requirements.
J. Supplier Process Changes – Supplier shall notify MIG of change in product and or process definitions, and where required, obtain MIG approval prior to production. This can include “Frozen Production Processes”, Risk/FMEA’s, special requirements, and critical, and/or key characteristics.
K. DOD Purchase Orders – If product or service on the materials is for the Department of Defense, the DX or DO rating till take priority over any non DOD rated order in the Supplier’s system. Materials/certifications shall stipulate DFAS notations.
L. DFAR/Country of Origin Required – Items shall be purchased from qualifying countries and "DFAR compliant" and qualifying Country of Origin shall be documented by the Supplier on the Certificate of Conformance, Material Certificates, etc. Qualifying countries include: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Federal Republic of Germany, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland.
M. ITAR/EAR - When flowed down, the Supplier shall ensure that all ITAR/EAR controlled technical data, including equipment and technology, is not disclosed, both in written, oral and/or visual form, to any foreign persons ("foreign nationals") within its facility. This requirement includes any subcontracted materials performed by the Supplier Sub-tier within their facility. Additionally, ITAR/EAR controlled information must remain within the United States and may not be disclosed to any foreign countries.
N. Sub-safe/Level 1 Materials – Supplier shall follow the requirements stated in NAVSEAINST 0948-LP-045-7010, Material Control Standard, and NAVICPINST 4355.5, Receipt, Inspection, Storage and Issue of Level 1/SUBSAFE Material for all Sub-Safe/Level 1 Materials.
O. Boeing D6-82479 – The Supplier (including their Sub-tier Suppliers), shall maintain approvals for parts/materials in accordance with the Boeing D6-82479 Quality Management System
P. AS 9100 Meridian Industrial Group Purchase Order Requirements
- implement a quality management system;
- special requirements, critical items, or key characteristics; (as noted on the Purchase Order)
- test, inspection, and verification (including production process verification)
- the use of statistical techniques for product acceptance and related instructions for acceptance by MIG (if required, sampling and analysis to be outlined by MIG)
- use customer-designated or approved external providers, including process sources (e.g., special processes);
- notify Meridian Industrial Group of nonconforming processes, products, or services and obtain approval for their disposition;
- prevent the use of counterfeit parts;
- notify Meridian Industrial Group of changes to processes, products, or services, including changes of their external providers or location of manufacture, and obtain the organization’s approval;
- flow down to external providers applicable requirements including customer requirements;
- provide test specimens (if required) for design approval, inspection/verification, investigation, or auditing;
- retain documented information (Quality Documentation records and certifications must be maintained on file for a period of seven years after final payment of this purchase order. After this time period, Supplier shall not destroy such records without the written approval of Meridian Industrial Group. Prime Contractor retention period requirements will supersede this note as applicable.);
- the right of access by Meridian Industrial Group, their customer, and regulatory authorities to the applicable areas of facilities and to applicable documented information, at any level of the supply chain;
- ensuring that persons are aware of:
- Foreign Object Damage Prevention (FOD). Product must be free from any contamination.
- When Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Clause 252.204-7012 is included in a contract for which covered defense information – as defined in DFARS Clause 252.204-7012 – will be processed, stored, or transmitted on an unclassified information system that is owned, or operated by or for, the Contractor, the Contractor shall develop, document, and periodically update a system security plan(s), to include any associated plans of action, for the Contractor’s internal unclassified information system in accordance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations.