The National Aerospace and Defence Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap) is a global industry-led effort to improve quality and efficiency in the aerospace and defence industries. It brings together prime contractors, such as Boeing, Airbus, Safran, GE Aviation, Rolls Royce, Pratt and Whitney and GKN, all of whom support Nadcap as the widely accepted industry standard. Nadcap accreditation for measurement and inspection processes are recognised by leading aerospace companies as a guarantee of product quality.
In 2017, new criteria were included in Measurement and Inspection Task Group (M&I) accreditation and suppliers to the aerospace industry are being mandated to achieve this accreditation. The M&I Task Group conducts audits based on the AC7130 accreditation standard which includes a series of checklists on:
- Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)
- Laser trackers
- Articulating arms
- Mass airflow
- General Inspections.
Hyde Group is a leading engineering service provider that specialises in design and manufacture solutions within safety critical industries. Hyde Aero Products is made up of several companies making components and assemblies for aerospace, four of which had been mandated by the aerospace primes to become accredited to the Nadcap M&I standard. This was essential in order to continue to supply parts and bid for future work packages in the aerospace sector.