First Article Inspection

Perform and record first article inspections with confidence.

TIPQA™ ensures that the first article inspection is completed efficiently and with absolute accuracy by automating the process.

For those in the aerospace industry, our software ensures that all AS9102 requirements are met. And pre-printed forms enable efficient publication of results. Configurable inspection types recognize when a first article has resulted in the inspector being presented with additional instructions at receiving or in manufacturing.

Skill level validation and tool recording are managed in TIPQA at each step to ensure compliance and traceability of tool usage (in case tool is found to be out of tolerance). Linked nonconformances are created with prepopulated data from the inspection for efficient and accurate processing and approval.

Feature Group Feature

Initial Setup and Configuration

  • AS9102 reporting/tracking
  • Enable FAI applicability – determination of first receipt/ inspection frequency
  • Identification of initial versus re-inspect or re-test
  • Enable partial FAI support
  • Restrict access to information by:
    • Export license control (ITAR)
    • Project
    • Customer-defined security groups

Inspection Planning and Setup

  • First article inspection plan per AS9102
  • Characterization of FAI events: part, supplier, design change, gap in production, tooling change

Data Collection and Validation

  • Bar code data collection
  • Unlimited text and attachments


  • Preprinted AS9102 forms for easy publication
  • Overdue notification and escalations
  • Audit trail history tracking
  • Unlimited views of data in grids
  • Data export for ad-hoc reporting and analysis

Quality Awaits

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