eAuditNet Turns Ten

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eAuditNet Turns Ten

20 November 2012

A decade of continually improving the Nadcap experience for all stakeholders

eAuditNet is a web-based system, developed and maintained by the not-for-profit Performance Review Institute, to support and improve efficiency in the Nadcap auditing and accreditation system. All data related to all Nadcap audits conducted since 2002 is securely logged and analysed in the database, accessible only to users with the right level of access.

Since implementation in November 2002, eAuditNet has contributed to five key changes to the way Nadcap works that have improved the program for its stakeholders. Most of these have generated significant cost / time savings for all parties.

  1. In 2001, there were 17 Nadcap Subscribers, with only 3 non-North American companies among them. Today there are 50 Nadcap Subscribers, including 27 from outside North America. This globalization of the program is possible partly because PRI has developed the tools to accommodate and combine their multiple requirements and provide audit data to them in real-time (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  2. The number of audits conducted annually has grown from 1,496 in 2001 to approximately 5,000 in 2012. Prior to eAuditNet, all audit reports were submitted as hard copies, to be photocopied and distributed via mail or in person to the Nadcap Subscribers for review. In addition to being more environmentally friendly, eAuditNet allowed the program to grow without increasing audit costs, because the associated efficiency gains have allowed PRI to process more audits without the equivalent growth in staff. As a result, PRI has been able to keep audit costs at the same rate as when Nadcap began in 1990. The costs still haven’t changed today.
  3. Average cycle time – the time taken from the close of the audit to the issuance of a certificate – has decreased from 134 days (around 4 ½ months) per audit to approximately 46 days (1 ½ months) in 2012. Not only does this reduce the time and cost to the individual Supplier being audited, but it also allows the Subscribers to more efficiently maintain their supply chain oversight.
  4. Nadcap meetings have been reduced from 4 to 3 per year due to the ability of the stakeholders to review and approve audits in real-time over the internet. Instead of waiting to discuss issues in person, this can now be done more quickly online, freeing up the face-to-face meeting time to discuss universal continual improvement opportunities rather than individual audits or specific non-conformances.
  5. Over 80% of eligible Nadcap accredited Suppliers now hold “Merit” status. This allows them to be audited less frequently, based on past audit performance. This not only reduces the cost and time associated with Nadcap accreditation – as there are fewer audits – but recognizes excellence within the supply chain and shares that with the industry as a whole. With eAuditNet programmed to calculate eligibility and compliance automatically, around 4,000 audits each year are granted this status with no additional manpower required for administration.

As Nadcap approaches its 25th anniversary in 2015, eAuditNet will continue to meet the challenges posed by the aerospace industry and ensure that the special process supply chain oversight process is conducted as efficiently and as accessibly as possible.