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Prime Products to Attain Nadcap Accreditation

Over the past 40 years, our company Prime Products, Inc. has grown by leaps and bounds. From humble beginnings supplying painted avionics components in a small shop, Prime Products expanded both its services and facilities greatly.

With the inclusion of contract manufacturing services such as screen and pad printing, CNC milling and turning, laser cutting, and others, Prime Products now caters to several notable companies in the aerospace and aviation industries. Our highly advanced equipment and facilities sets us apart from competitors.

Prime Products is dedicated to providing the highest quality services and products—our AS9100 and ISO 9001:2008 certifications reflect this dedication. Our company seeks to further its commitment to quality even more, as we are currently in the process of attaining Nadcap accreditation.

What is Nadcap?

Created in 1990 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap) is an industry-managed approach for establishing quality assurance in special aerospace processes. Nadcap is administered by the Performance Review Institute (PRI) which is responsible for performing the required audit and submission to the Nadcap Task Group for certification approval.

This accreditation is mandatory for any suppliers of special processes that seek to work with the U.S. Military and prime companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, Honeywell, and Rolls Royce. With Nadcap, suppliers have gained tighter control of processes such as coating, heat treating, chemical processing, and nondestructive testing.

Prime Products is seeking to be certified for Nadcap’s AC7108/1 Revision B Painting & Dry Film Coatings standard. Once Prime earns accreditation, we will be able to utilize paints made to these military specifications:

  • DOD–P–15328
  • MIL–C–53039
  • MIL–DTL–53039
  • MIL–C–22750
  • MIL–PRF–22750
  • MIL–P–23377
  • MIL–PRF–23377
  • MIL–C–85285
  • MIL–PRF–85285
  • MIL–P–85582
  • MIL–PRF–85582
  • MIL–F–14072
  • MIL-DTL-14072
  • TT-P-1757

Additionally, Prime will be capable of applying paints per the following OEM specifications:

Honeywell M4065816 Manufacturing Specification for Application of Polyurethane Coatings
Rockwell Collins 580-0165 Process, Finish, Paint (Lacquer)
Rockwell Collins 580-0194 Process, Paint, Epoxy
Rockwell Collins 580-0328 Process, Finish, Paint (Fluorescent Enamel)
Rockwell Collins 580-0564 Process, Paint, Enamel
Rockwell Collins 580-0709 Process, Paint, Polyurethane
Rockwell Collins 580-5482 Process, Coating, Polyurethane

Accreditation is a lengthy process that includes comprehensive audits. These audits are more demanding than those pertaining to ISO or AS standards, and as such, Nadcap accreditation indicates the highest level of dedication to quality.

Being Nadcap certified gives top aviation and aerospace companies the assurance that you are capable of meeting the most stringent requirements of the industry. The Prime Products team looks forward to achieving this prestigious certification.

Why Choose a Nadcap Certified Supplier?

Quality is a crucial procurement consideration for companies in the aerospace and aviation industries. This is especially true for special processes such as coating, heat treating, and nondestructive testing.

Over 20 years ago, prime companies conducted audits to assess the technical proficiency of special process suppliers. To support these prime companies, the Performance Review Institute (PRI) began administering the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program — also known as Nadcap.

Nadcap is an industry-managed approach to the standardization of quality assurance in special processes. These standards are crafted by technical experts from prime companies, suppliers, and the U.S. Government.

Nadcap accreditation is indicative that the supplier upholds the highest levels of quality. An approved quality management system (QMS) such as AS9100 must first be in place, and Nadcap certification can only be granted following a stringent PRI audit, approval of corrective actions from the PRI staff engineer, and final approval from the Nadcap Task Group.

Nadcap accreditation is becoming more frequently requested by aerospace manufacturers such as Boeing, Rockwell Collins, Airbus, Eaton, Honeywell, and many others. In response to this trend, Prime Products recently earned accreditation for Nadcap’s AC7108/1 Revision B Painting & Dry Film Coatings standard. This will allow us to provide Nadcap-accredited certifications of compliance for the application of numerous mil spec paints, including:

  • DOD–P–15328
  • MIL–DTL–53039
  • MIL–C–53039
  • MIL–DTL–53039
  • MIL–C–22750
  • MIL–PRF–22750
  • MIL–P–23377
  • MIL–C–85285
  • MIL–PRF–23377
  • MIL–C–85285
  • MIL–PRF–85285
  • MIL–P–85582
  • MIL–PRF–85582
  • MIL–F–14072
  • MIL-DTL-14072
  • TT-P-1757

Founded in 1975 and serving more than 30 customers in the aerospace industry, Prime Products prides itself on quality assurance and customer satisfaction. Earning this distinguished accreditation demonstrates our uncompromising commitment to quality.

If you have any questions about the Nadcap process or any of our services’ industry standards, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Download Prime’s Mil Specs and
Paint Application Specs Sheet