AS9102 First Article Inspection Procedure

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The AS9102 first article inspection procedure requires more time to perform than first piece inspection.

Suppliers in the aerospace industry are sometimes required to perform first article inspection procedure according to AS9102. The requirements are often flowed down by prime contractors to help standardize measurements and records between facilities.

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How to report significant digits.

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Question from about how to report significant digits:

Can you help me report significant digits related to first articles??


Thanks for your question - please see ASTM E 29 for the industry standard rounding technique, which is applicable to all scientific work regardless of its nature, especially for first article inspection procedure.

ASTM states:

"When the digit next beyond the last place to be retained is less than 5, retain unchanged the digit in the last place retained.
When the digit next beyond the last place to be retained is greater than 5, increase by 1 the digit in the last place retained.
When the digit next beyond the last place to be retained is 5 and there are no digits beyond this 5 or only zeros, increase by 1 the digit in the last place retained if it is odd, leave the digit unchanged if it is even. Increase by 1 the digit in the last place retained if there are digits beyond this 5.
The rounded value must be obtained in one step by direct rounding of the most precise value available and not in two or more successive roundings."

We cite ASTM E 29 in Company documents whenever part of the work instruction is to report significant digits for compliance to a spec with only 1, 2, 3 or 4 decimal places. If your measuring device's readout displays more decimal places than the specification then you are required to round your reading to match the number of decimal places in the specification - that's where ASTM E 29 comes in handy...

Example - 0.021" +/- 0.001"
0.0211" to 0.0214" must be rounded down to 0.021" for 2 significant digit specifications;
0.0215" to 0.0219" must be rounded up to 0.022" for 2 significant digit specifications;
(unless the last retained digit from the rounding method is even, e.g., 0.0225" is rounded down to 0.022" since the last digit retained is even, while 0.0226" is rounded up to 0.023")

Example - 0.0215" +/- 0.0015"
0.0211" to 0.0219" must be applied as observed - no rounding is possible if the measurement equipment can only read to the 4th decimal place. If the equipment is capable of reading beyond the 4th decimal place then round to the last digit retained as described herein paying particular attention to whether the retained digit is odd or even when followed by the numeral 5.

Example - 550 +/- 50
499.1 to 499.4 must be rounded down to 499
499.5 to 499.9 must be rounded up to 500
600.1 to 600.5 must be rounded down to 600
600.6 to 600.9 must be rounded up to 601

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