Product Safety/Quality

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Huntington Ingalls Industries maintains a robust Quality Management System (QMS) that is certified to ANSI/ISO/ASQ 9001-2015.  The QMS is comprised of subject matter experts, established written procedures and associated digital tools to ensure compliance and is monitored and verified through documented audits, in process inspection, verification inspections, and root cause corrective action.

At our Ingalls Shipbuilding division, oversight of the QMS is provided by the Quality Assurance organization which has functional divisions for Quality Inspection, Quality Engineering, Quality Laboratories (Chemistry, Metrology and Non-Destructive Testing) and Supplier Quality.  Additionally all other functional organizations within Ingalls have embedded quality advocates that conduct internal audits and monitor progress of yearly established quality objectives.

Similarly, through the Quality Assurance and Quality Control organizational functions of Inspection, Quality Assurance/Engineering, and Laboratory analysis (Chemistry, Physical, Metrology and Non-Destructive Testing) the Nuclear, Submarine Safety and other Special Emphasis programs are verified QMS compliant throughout the Shipbuilding and Ship Repair value stream at Newport News Shipbuilding. “…Always Good Ships” is a long standing motto of shipbuilders at NNS and is a foundational concept for the Quality and Supplier Quality programs. NNS has been ISO 9001 certified since November 3, 1993 and the scope of certification was extended on June 2, 2000 to include the nuclear area of business.

Supplier Quality manages the vast vendor base that touches nearly every state in the union. The Supplier Quality program identifies and remediates product quality issues, including the identification of non-conformant material through multiple means including; supplier notification, site inspection of suppliers (prior to delivery & prior to startup), product receipt inspection and product quality monitoring during manufacturing.

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Quality Management System is comprehensive and provides oversight of all internal and external, processes, components, system installations, ship compartment finishing, system testing and supplied components, resulting in delivering world class products to our customers.