According to Rockwell Collins, it has become the first company in the world to achieve Counterfeit Avoidance Accreditation Program (CAAP) accreditation for its supply-chain management procedures.
Rockwell Collins achieved the accreditation following successful completion of an audit process based on stringent AC7401 CAAP audit criteria for accreditation to the industry standard for avoidance, detection, mitigation and disposition of counterfeit electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) parts that might make their way into the company’s supply chain.
The industry standard for which AC7401 accreditation is required is AS5553, published by the SAE International trade association, and its subsequent ‘A’ and ‘B’ revisions.
“By ensuring compliance to the demanding CAAP audit criteria, Rockwell Collins is sending a clear message to our customers that we have the systems in place to ensure high-quality manufacturing of our products,” says Bruce King, senior vice president of operations for Rockwell Collins.
“Our teams across the business have worked extremely hard to earn this accreditation, which positions our company as an industry leader in counterfeit avoidance,” adds King.
CAAP is a cooperative industry effort launched in 2015 to mitigate the risk of introducing counterfeit parts into the supply chain and the cost for compliance throughout the aviation, space and defense industries.
The CAAP program is administered by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute (PRI), a global provider of customer-focused solutions designed to improve process and product quality by adding value, reducing total cost, and promoting collaboration among stakeholders in industries where safety and quality are shared goals.
Rockwell Collins notes the PRI has publicly highlighted as an important aerospace-industry issue that the number of counterfeit/defective electronics entering the aviation, space and defense supply chain is rising, compromising public safety, industry profitability and national security.
As an industry-managed approach to the issue, CAAP brings together technical experts from both industry and government for ensuring compliance to standards associated with the prevention, detection and response to threats of counterfeit parts making their way into aerospace products.
CAAP-program subscribers and suppliers work together to define program operational requirements and to establish requirements for accreditation and grant accreditation.
Lockheed Martin was the first company to subscribe to the CAAP accreditation initiative, according to the PRI.
Along with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, United Technologies and the US Defense Contract Management Agency, Rockwell Collins was one of the first five subscribers to the CAAP accreditation initiative.
Those five subscribers, along with participating companies Avcorp, Ball Aerospace, Boeing, General Electric, Honeywell, Raytheon and Rolls-Royce were all active members of the team that worked with the PRI to develop the CAAP accreditation program.
CAAP published its AC7401 audit criteria in March 2016, in response to the original AS5553 industry standard published by SAE International on 2 April, 2009.
Subsequently, SAE International published an AS5553A revision to the original standard on 21 January, 2013 and a subsequent AS5553B revision on 12 September, 2016.
Among the important documents describing and governing the CAAP program are PD1000, the 'Industry Managed Accreditation Program Document', controlled by PRI's board of directors with input from CAAP program management councils; PD1400, 'Counterfeit Avoidance Accreditation Program (CAAP) Program Requirements', controlled by the CAAP Management Council; and OP 14XX, 'Operating Procedures', controlled by the CAAP Management Council.
All stakeholders in the CAAP program – OEMs, suppliers, audit reviewers and auditors– use eAuditNet Web-based workflow software for their CAAP-accreditation processes and procedures.
The eAuditNet provides secure global electronic access on a constant basis, according to the PRI.