Uploading your AS9102 FAIR to Net-Inspect

How do you upload to Net-Inspect?

Once you've completed your AS9102 first article inspection report in InspectionXpert, click the Upload to Net-Inspect button, then follow the directions to login to Net-Inspect where you can view forms 1, 2, and 3 of your FAIR. 

With a free trial of InspectionXpert you can make sure you are able to upload your First Article to Net-Inspect risk free. 

6 Steps to Uploading Your FAIR to Net-Inspect

  1. Create an AS9102 Project

  2. Balloon your part drawing

  3. Populate Form 1 from a Bill of Materials

  4. Populate Form 2 from a Specifications List

  5. Import CMM data to Form 3

  6. Publish to Net-Inspect

In order to upload your First Article Inspection Report to Net-Inspect you will need a subscription to Net-Inspect and your login information.

Step 1: Create or Open Project in InspectionXpert

Open an existing InspectionXpert project or create a new project and open your PDF part drawing. 

Step 2: Balloon Your Part Drawing

After opening your part drawing in InspectionXpert, balloon your drawing. InspectionXpert will balloon the characteristic while extracting the data into the table. To learn more about how to balloon your first part drawing with InspectionXpert visit the Getting Started page or watch a full-length training

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Step 3: Populate Form 1 from a Bill of Materials 

Open your Bill of Materials in InspectionXpert and use the OCR (optical character recognition) to quickly extract all the data into the table. This will be included in your AS9102 report. 

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Once the data is extracted, assign the columns. 

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If your data comes in another format there are other options for capturing the data. You can select individual columns or rows. 


Step 4: Populate Form 2 from a Specifications List

The Specifications can be captured in the same way as the Bill of Materials. Open the Specifications tab in InspectionXpert and use the OCR (optical character recognition) to quickly extract all the data into the table.

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Once the data is captured you can assign the columns. 

Gif showing Column specifications List in InspectionXpert 

Step 5: Import CMM data to Form 3 (Optional)

Note: If you don't use a CMM for measuring First Articles, or if you use a combination of CMM and hand tools, you can type in measurement results directly into InspectionXpert which will upload to Net-Inspect. Or if you're only using hand-tools you can publish to Net-Inspect without any measurement data and type the results directly into Net-Inspect. 

Click Add File in CMMXpert, and select the template for your CMM. Then select the file, and your CMM data will load in InspectionXpert.

Your CMM programmer does not need to have access to InspectionXpert. You will just need access to the report produced by the CMM.

When programming the measurement routine in the CMM put the balloon number inside the brackets. Where this information goes will vary depending on the CMM program you use. 

InspectionXpert CMM Net-Inspect Import 

Once your CMM data is in InspectionXpert click Auto-Assign to match by item number. Now your measurement results are shown in InspectionXpert. If you need to create a multi-piece FAI you can import multiple CMM reports. 

CMM for FAI Net-Inspect example

We have over 40 CMM templates available, but if you don't see yours in InspectionXpert our team can also create custom templates for your CMM.



Step 6: Publish to Net-Inspect

From the File Tab go to Publish, then choose Net-Inspect. 

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You'll then be prompted to login to Net-Inspect. Please note, you will need an active subscription to Net-Inspect in order to view publish and view your First Article in Net-Inspect.

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Once InspectionXpert is done uploading you'll be able to find all three forms of your AS9102 First Article Inspection Report in Net-Inspect. The part number, name, and revision level will all be automatically populated from InspectionXpert.

Net-Inspect upload Screenshot

In Form 3 you'll see the reference location from the grid, characteristic number, balloon number, and characteristic designator, requirements, will all be populated from InspectionXpert. 

Net-Inspect form 3 screenshot

Free AS9102 Rev B Template & Guide

What’s Included:

  • Free AS9102 Rev B Template as an Excel workbook with forms 1, 2, and 3.
  • Separate annotated guide with an explanation of every field in the AS9102 Template forms 1, 2, and 3.

How to create a First Article Inspection Report in 5 Steps

Step 1: Pre-planning FAI
  • Before beginning, gather documentation needed for your First Article Inspection:
  • Engineering drawings
  • Digital product definition data sets
  • Digital product definition data sets
  • Bill of materials/raw materials list
  • Specifications
  • Manufacturing planning/routing/traveler/work order
  • Source/supplier information
Step 2: Create inspection plan
  • Balloon part drawing: identify the requirement to be inspected with a balloon number.
  • Fill out the AS9102 Form 1 (Part Number Accountability) and Form 2 (Product Accountability) with information from the Bill of Materials and Specifications List.
  • Document reference location of the balloon
  • Classifications (Critical, Major, Key)
Step 3: Manufacture the part
  • Build the product and ensure you are documenting/recording processing and inspection results for the requirements during the manufacturing process.
  • Note: First articles are not necessarily the first part produced, but from the first production run. Learn more about when a first article is required.
  • Inspect the part according to the inspection plan.
  • Keep track of calibrated, certified inspection tools so that they are traceable back to the person certified to use the tool to perform the inspections/manufacture accurately.
Step 4: Collect Data
  • Inspect the part according to the plan
  • Keep track of tools
Step 5: Create report
  • Enter measurement result data into Form 3
  • Measured result(s)
  • Designed/Qualified Tooling
  • Non-conformance information, if any Certificate of Conformance (C of C)
  • Functional Test Report

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