Publish Date: 2011
B18.18-2011, Quality Assurance for Fasteners Issued on April 14, 2011 Incorporated into it is:
B18.18.1-2007, Inspection and Quality Assurance for General Purpose Fasteners
B18.18.2-2009, Inspection and Quality Assurance for High-Volume Machine Assembly
B18.18.3M-1987(R2005), Inspection and Quality Assurance for Special Purpose
B18.18.4M-1987(R2005), Inspection and Quality Assurance for Highly Specialized
B18.18.5M-1998(R2009), Inspection and Quality Assurance Plan Requiring In-Process
Inspection and Control
B18.18.6M-1998(R2009), Quality Assurance Plan for Fasteners Produced in A Third
Party Accreditation System
B18.18.7M-1998(R2009), Quality Assurance Plan for Fasteners Produced in A Customer Approved Control Plan
This Quality focused standard establishes in-process and final inspection requirements for fastener products as well as a receiving inspection plan for fastener purchasers. The standard identifies four categories, recognizing that fastener users have widely varying requirements. The 4 categories covered are:
Category 1 is a receiving inspection plan for purchasers.
Category 2 utilizes documented and verifiable in-process controls structured at the producer’s discretion.
Category 3 utilizes documented and verifiable in-process controls structured at the producer’s discretion.
Category 4 includes all of the requirements of Category 2 plus a 100% inspection for a specific feature or features.
In the preparation of this standard it was recognized that its function must enable it to be a part of the various regimens in use today that attain certain quality levels of products. This standard was written to encompass frameworks that enable the users of this standard to pinpoint which category they wish to use in meeting their own objectives.