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Steelhead Composites Announces AS9100 Certification

Company demonstrates commitment to high quality standards and processes for aerospace products with new, fully integrated quality management system

GOLDEN, Colo.–Steelhead Composites, a provider of composite overwrapped pressure vessels and composite structures, recently announced that its quality management system has earned AS9100:2016 (Rev. D) certification for design, manufacture, selling, and distribution of composite overwrapped pressure vessels for aviation, space, and defense activities.

With its sophisticated internally developed manufacturing execution system, Steelhead is now running a fully integrated quality management system. Aerospace products can be routed through the AS9100 system and non-aerospace products can be produced with the same quality, but at a lower cost under the ISO 9001:2015 quality system.

"We are excited to offer our solutions to the aerospace industry with the option of products manufactured under the rigorous AS9100 quality standard," said Andrew Coors, CEO of Steelhead Composites, in a press release. "Steelhead's vision was to advance the technology and offerings of composite pressure vessels, and with these certifications, our customers can be assured that our products and services will meet or exceed the rigorous statutory and regulatory requirements needed."

The AS9100 is an international management system standard for the aircraft, space, and defense industries. This is critical for identifying potential vendors who can adhere to the strict needs and quality. The standard provides suppliers with a comprehensive quality system for providing safe and reliable products to the aerospace industry and contains the actual requirements to which an organization must be compliant to become AS9100 registered.

"Steelhead has taken a different approach when designing and implementing a quality management system," said Curt Honcharik, director of quality, in the release. "We designed our system so every conceivable data point that could be captured is captured, and, with our facility being completely digital, it allows for real time data input and analysis." Included in the integrated quality management system are paperless travelers, digital work instructions, and real-time traceability across the life of the part.

"The dual certifications provide a whole new level of opportunities for Steelhead," said Marisa Sundy, director of business development, in the release. "We have always had the capabilities and know-how. Now, we have the most stringent of quality management procedures in place to take on any complex program."

Steelhead Composites (, based in Golden, Colorado, is dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and testing specialty lightweight hydraulic components and composite pressure vessels for weight-sensitive energy and fuel storage applications. The company's specialties include lightweight bladder, diaphragm and piston accumulators, hydrogen storage vessels for fuel cells, gas storage and transport, and other composite structures. It offers a full array of technical services in vessel design, metal spin forming, filament winding, prototyping, and testing of high pressure vessels.

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