Importance of precision in auto manufacturing

The Importance of Precision in Car Making

Automobile manufacturers have a very serious responsibility. The products they put out on the market can directly impact the safety of the consumer who purchased it. 

Of course, every manufacturer has a certain responsibility toward their customers, but this goes beyond slapping a label on the product that says: “Warning, contents are very hot.” If something goes wrong with an automobile they put on the road, it could do no end of harm to the vehicle owner and everyone else who happened to be on the road at the same time.

If a golf club manufacturer creates something that is a few millimeters off spec, this may result in a poor game and a returned club. In a worst-case scenario, there might be a few reviews online about how the manufacturer needs a few more QA checks in place.

Automotive plastic and rubber components do not have any such leeway. Anything less than 100% reliability could, in fact, cost lives.

Precision in every component cannot be overlooked in the automotive industry, which means that all the cutting, milling, molding, and extruding that goes on to produce these parts must be as reliable as everything else in the manufacturing process.

Let’s look closer at some of these processes, what they produce for the automotive industry, and how you know if they are precise enough for your needs.

Precision Die Cutting

Precision die cutting services are a critical for producing reliable gaskets, motor housings, structural components, bumpers, and more. Any automobile on the road today is going to have some very specific tolerance requirements, and every one of these components must meet those demands.

Continuous improvements are necessary to ensure the level of precision required by the automotive industry. This includes finding new ways to perform defect prevention while always minimizing waste. 

Precision Injection Molding

The materials used for precision injection molding services are just as important as the tools used to create the final components. Your parts could be made with a wide range of plastics, including HDPE, ABS, nylon, polycarbonate, and a variety of other thermoplastics. Where will they be used in the vehicle? Will they have a direct impact on the safety of the driver and passengers? How much wear will it receive each time the automobile is on the road?

All of these questions have to be answered before the injection molding process can start.

Precision Machining

The sheer number of small and simple – yet extremely important – parts that go into a vehicle means that the manufacturing process will require a cost-effective process to deliver the quality and quantity that is required.

Precision machining plastic parts means that manufacturers can work in small or large volumes, order prototype components when necessary, reduce the costs associated with molds, and get the process started with shorter lead times.

Precision Rubber Molding

A vehicle requires a wide range of rubber parts to increase efficiency and safety. Custom rubber molding services should be able to provide the consistent and precise quality required by the industry standards. Everything from O-rings and seals to gaskets and other components ensure that everything from the transmission and steering to the fuel pumps and AC systems are working properly.

Getting the Essential Components for Every Vehicle

The plastic and rubber components that support the automotive industry keep these vehicles running, the driver’s safe, and the cars looking great. In other words, manufacturers cannot and should not cut corners with any of these parts.

Doors, seats, headlights, bumpers, engine grills, frontend supports, and all the bits and bobs inside every car rely on precise components to perform up to spec. If they are off spec, even a little, then it could cause problems – potentially life-threatening problems – for the person who eventually gets behind the wheel.

So, how can you ensure that you’re going to get the level of precision you need in this industry? 

It’s all about finding the right automotive partner

These types of partnerships have several benefits. Manufacturers can consistently work with people they know – and who share their interest in creating a brand that is known for quality and safety. 

Contact Clark Rubber & Plastic today to learn more about our precision services for car making and how our experts can help.

 

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Do You Know How Solar Panel Construction Affects the Environment?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have a lot of potential to provide sustainable, green energy. But nothing is perfect in this world, and it has to be said that there are also a number of potential negative impacts on the environment stemming from the manufacturing processes and disposal of old photovoltaics.

The actual operation of PV systems during their lifetime generates an extremely minimal amount of pollution, which means that if we want to understand any potential effects on the environment, we need to look at photovoltaic cells from manufacturing until disposal.

What are the Potential Concerns?

While there’s no denying the green benefits of solar energy, it would be naïve to say that PV systems are perfect in their current state. It’s important to understand the potential environmental impacts of manufacturing, distributing, and disposing of solar cells so we can consistently improve these systems and solar components to be even more efficient in the future.

Currently, the largest concerns revolve around:

  • Hazardous materials – The production of solar cells typically involves the use of certain dangerous chemicals (mostly to clean and purify the semiconductor surface). Some regions have some strict regulations to ensure they’re disposed of properly, but others don’t.
  • Energy costs – There are a lot of upfront energy costs to produce a modern PV cell. This means that a lot of pollution may be created as we build systems that are meant to minimize pollution. So, the question is: will PV systems create more clean energy than it cost to make them.
  • Land usage – Solar facilities take up a lot of space, and there are concerns that this could lead to land degradation and habitat loss. However, this can be mitigated by locating the solar farms in lower-quality locations.
  • Water usage – Water is used in the manufacturing process and as a coolant in some solar thermal plants. In some cases, large amounts of ground or surface water may be needed to clean the collectors, which may affect the local ecosystems (especially since solar collectors are usually located in naturally dry and arid areas).
  • Recycling potential – There has been a boom in solar technology in the last couple decades, which means we’re looking at a boom of solar panels that are on the verge of being decommissioned. What is going to happen to them all? E-waste disposal methods will become very important in the near future.

The Future Holds a Lot of Potential

Recent research into the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission from different PV systems showed that these negative environmental impacts could be significantly mitigated with a careful and deliberate approach.

By developing new materials, minimizing the use of hazardous chemicals, choosing the right locations, and recycling materials whenever possible, we can decrease the amount of solid waste going into the environment, reduce the amount of GHG in the air, and preserve important water sources.

As it is, the carbon footprint emission from PV systems is around 14–73 g CO2-eq/kWh. This number is somewhere between 10 to 53 orders of magnitude lower than emission reported from burning oil, which is 742 g CO2-eq/kWh.

So, yes, there are some concerns with the environmental impact of manufacturing solar cells, but studies like these show the sheer potential for cleaner energy is worth pursuing.

The Solution Going Forward

Research has concluded that while there is a large energy investment upfront in the creation of PV systems, this investment quickly pays itself off. Still, there is always room for improvement, and as the industry focuses more on recycling solar cell materials, it could potentially lead to another 42% reduction in GHG emissions.

Solar power is an effective way to harvest and use green energy, and as we continue to develop new components, technologies, and recycling methods going forward, we can counter many of the current concerns and improve its sustainability, economic value, and overall environmental impact.

Essential Plastic & Rubber Uses in the Automotive Industry

Automobile manufacturers rely on quality components for every car or truck that goes out the door. While some of these parts may just be about added convenience, appearance, or efficiency, others are critical to the driver’s safety.

In other words, no manufacturer can afford to cut corners with any of these parts.

The automotive industry relies on plastic and rubber for a wide range of applications, because, right now, there are no other materials that could easily replace them. The opposite, in fact, remains true. I.e., more and more metal components are being replaced with plastic.

It’s hard to count the exact number of plastic and rubber components that go into even a smaller automobile. A minor sampling of potential car parts include:

  • V-belt and pulley belts
  • Radiator and engine grill
  • Frontend supports
  • Instrument panels and supports
  • All the interior bits, from knobs and handles to buttons and switches
  • The steering wheel
  • Door and roof modules
  • Seats
  • Headlights
  • Bumpers
  • Door and window seals
  • Center console
  • And on and on

Why These Parts are Critical for Modern Vehicles

Weight reduction is always a concern in automobile design. Every component should provide reliable stability and strength without unduly adding to the total weight of the vehicle.

Weight reduction matters because it contributes to fuel efficiency and lowers the amount of pollution each automobile produces. In order to accomplish this, more and more metal parts are being replaced by plastic.

Today’s plastics have the mechanical strength necessary to meet the safety standards while making it easier to design the type of parts that can’t be done in metal.

Standing Up to the Stress

While no one will claim that car parts go through the same stresses that aeronautical parts do (which is why airplanes tend to use titanium rather than plastic), the principle is the same. Namely: these components are going to be exposed to serious thermal and mechanical stresses throughout their lifetimes.

Anyone travelling in these vehicles needs to be assured of their safety.

Everyday vehicles can be pushed from sub-zero temperatures to scorching heat in a matter of minutes, and sudden accelerations and decelerations are going to push these parts to the limit. For that matter, every seal and gasket must perform correctly to keep liquids and gasses where they are supposed to be.

These parts need to be subjected to a rigorous set of tests before they can be mass produced for the commercial market.

Look Good and Sound Good

These components create a wide range of design opportunities, so the engineers and designers can create a car that looks exactly how they envisioned it.

These parts are about more than just looks, though. They’re also about noise reduction. Rubber and plastic seals play an important part in chassis water management and also help keep the road noise to a minimum in the passenger compartment.

Services That Deliver Quality Components

At Clark Rubber & Plastic, we can provide a wide range of services for the automotive industry. This includes:

  • Plastic Injection Molding – Our factories are set up to handle injection, insert, and overmolding processes, and we can consult with you to choose the materials that will meet the strength and durability requirements of your project. You can get injection molded products and components for any automotive project, no matter the size or level of complexity.
  • Rubber Molding – Get superior-quality injection, transfer, and compression automotive parts. We work with several types of rubber materials, such as natural rubber, SBR, EPDM, neoprene, Viton® and more. The O-rings, gaskets, seals and other products are reliable options for transmissions, steering, AC systems, fuel pumps, and much more.
  • Rubber and Plastic Extrusion – We can produce any profile or shape at the necessary thickness and density. The custom dies we use for the extraction process can ensure that you get the tubing you need for the air or fuel systems of the vehicle.
  • Precision Die Cutting – We provide in-house tooling, punching, assembly, splicing, and more so you can work with an experienced automotive die cutting partner for gaskets, bumpers, structural components, and motor housings.

Getting Custom Automotive Parts

When you work with an experienced partner to provide your plastic and rubber automobile components, you can improve your time to market, reduce the effort required for procurement, and get the customized production solutions you need.

Take a look at our capabilities and make sure that you are getting the highest-quality components for your ongoing automotive designs.

 

A Closer Look at How Solar Impacts the Environment

Using radiant energy from sunlight has extensive benefits for communities, consumers and the environment.

Of course, the availability and intensity of this energy will be different from place to place and at different times of the day – which has led some to question its overall usefulness as an alternative to traditional energy sources.

As the technology for gathering and utilizing this energy continues to advance, we’re seeing more and more businesses adopt solar as a viable solution for their power needs and more governments creating incentives to do so.

So, what kind of environmental benefits does solar provide? Are there any environmental concerns associated with this technology?

The Basics of Solar Power

Solar photovoltaic (PV) devices are able to change sunlight directly into electricity.

The energy in sunlight is carried by photons, and each photon contains a varying amount of energy, depending on the wavelengths of the solar spectrum.

PV cells are constructed of semiconductor material so they can absorb the photons that hit the device. When it builds up enough photons in the form of energy, it releases some electrons, creating a flow of electricity.

Electrical conductors on the cell absorb the electrons which can then be connected to a circuit where it can unload the energy and provide clean power.

Photovoltaics are not the only way to make use of solar energy, though. Solar thermal power plants use the heat from concentrated sunlight to create energy the same way that traditional and less-environmentally friendly plants do.

The gathered thermal energy is used to create steam which turns a turbine, generating electricity (without the air pollution generated by other methods).

This type of power requires large fields of solar gatherers, though, but the technology behind these devices also continues to improve on a regular basis.

Environmental Benefits

Solar energy systems do not produce the same greenhouse gases (like carbon dioxide) and air pollution that come with so many other forms of energy production. In other words, there is a great opportunity to have a positive impact on the environment by making the switch to solar.

These systems can be placed directly on top of structures that already exist, which means that they can provide power for those buildings without requiring any extra land development.

There is a lot of potential because of this, with the number of open surfaces on the top of buildings, parking structures, and other locations within a city ripe for development. This would also mean that the manufacture and installation of the devices won’t pollute the water or the land if they’re built with the materials that ensure the photovoltaics meet all the regulations.

Environmental Concerns

Unfortunately, nothing is perfect. While the potential benefits of solar energy are great, there are some specific issues related to the production and disposal of those photovoltaic cells that shouldn’t be overlooked.

For example, there are some toxic materials and chemicals that go into making a photovoltaic cell. Should any of these materials start to leak, they could negatively impact the environment. There are several laws and regulations surrounding the use and disposal of these materials, but most companies can be in compliance by using the best and most-reliable plastic and rubber components.

One other concern is the same as any other power plant, and that is the land that it is on.

The fact is, in order to produce a significant amount of power, you need a significant amount of space on which to place all those photovoltaic panels. This means clearing the land for construction, increased use of ground or surface water for cleaning and cooling, and other possible changes to the area.

Answering the Needs of the Solar Industry

While there are some considerations around solar power, the technology is sound and getting better every year.

The right solar plastics  in the solar industry can greatly reduce the material and manufacturing costs while ensuring that they meet the local standards and requirements for environmental safety.

The parts that are going into modern solar cells last much longer than they once did, which means they will stay in service longer, resist high and low-temperature fluctuations, block out rain, dust, and other particles that could impact the structural integrity of the equipment, and more.

In other words, these components make it possible to safely manufacture solar devices and put off their disposal for a much longer time.

There is a lot of potential in the solar industry to positively impact our environmental footprint. It will simply take some commitment to change and the use of the right technology to maintain a new normal.

 

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8 Common Uses for Crosshead Extrusion Coating

Crosshead extrusion coating services are an important part of the manufacturing processes that involve metallic substrates (though it is possible to use with some types of fabrics or textiles) and is most often associated with cables and wiring.

Simply put, it is the process by which certain components are reinforced or encapsulated with some form of polymeric plastic (low density polyethylene is usually the plastic of choice).

An extrusion coating can be used for waterproofing, aesthetic enhancements, or for added protection or support for the inner materials, which means that this is an effective choice for a wide range of implementations.

Some of the most common uses for this process include:

Wires and cables – Whether for the telecommunications industry or household electrical use, this type of coating is critical for long-lasting, reliable and safe performance. These wires can be used in several different applications, such as:

  • Fiber optics
  • Power
  • Medical
  • Automotive
  • Appliance
  • Communication
  • High-temperature
  • Coaxial cable
  • Flat/Ribbon wire

Pipes – It’s possible to coat pipes that range in size from the very small to the very large. It simply requires a large diameter crosshead. The variety of pipes that can be coated include:

  • Industrial pipe
  • Corrugated pipe
  • Under-sea pipe

Bundles of small pipes – You can also bundle many small pipes for optical fibers and coat the entire conglomeration to provide the necessary protection and/or insulation.

Multilayer structures – Coating a multilayer structure can create a type of barrier layer between the substrate and the surface, such as those used for heating applications or water transportation.

Safe handling – A single-layer coating on the substrate can be applied simply to ensure that the installation of the wire or cable can be conducted as safely as possible.

Gaskets and seals – If you’re working with metal gaskets or seals, this process can provide a durable outer coating to make the final components more effective and efficient.

Commercial products – Nylon strappings or certain types of rope can by coated with a durable and flexible plastic to create a wide range of consumer products.

Chemical hoses and tubes – It’s possible to use this process to produce hoses and tubes that are much safer to use and can remain in service for a much longer time.

Getting the Finished Parts and Components You Need

When you work with Clark Rubber & Plastic, you can expect to receive the highest-quality results on these extruded parts. We use the latest techniques and machinery to meet your exact specifications and deliver your components on time.

We can work with a range of metals and plastics so that you have everything you need for your current projects, and we can provide simple or complex shapes and designs in a variety of different sizes.

At Clark Rubber & Plastic, we’ve been at this since the 70s, and our specialists know how to meet the demands of your industry.

Combine that with our 6 new extrusion lines (and more scheduled to be added in the future) and we have the experience, talent, and technology to provide the crosshead extrusion coating services you need.

When you begin your next project, be sure to speak to one of our customer service representatives to learn more about this important process, along with our other process like plastic injection molding, precision machining, and more.

 

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Industrial Cutting Techniques for Plastics and Rubber Materials

There are several industrial cutting techniques that can be employed to produce a wide range of plastic and rubber pieces and components. Some of these methods are better for thicker materials, while others excel with thinner-gauge plastics. Some might be better for plastics, while others can be used on any material.

Which one is right for you? Which one will deliver the speed of production you need without sacrificing the quality?

Let’s explore some of your options.

A Closer Look at Laser Cutting

Lasers are great. A direct and focused laser beam can cut at amazingly high detail levels, which means very tight tolerances even on very small pieces. This cutting method is particularly useful on thin-gauge plastics or compressed fibers and adhesives.

These cuts produce very clean and smooth edges since the laser can actually get hot enough to literally vaporize the material it’s going through.

A laser cutting machine is can be programmed with highly detailed plans and still deliver a quick turnaround at various levels of production. This makes it great for prototyping since it can be used for small runs or test runs before creating dies for an extensive production schedule.

Lasers can be used for more than just cutting, too. As a part of the production process, lasers can be used for annealing, drilling, engraving, etching, scoring, perforating, and more.

On top of that, a laser can handle several processes at once – like cutting, marking, and engraving – without having to re-fixture the sheet of plastic.

Delving into Die Cutting

The die cutting process is very straightforward. Steel dies are created and used to stamp out parts, like a cookie cutter (though, of course, these machines are capable of much finer detail).

This fabrication process is very versatile and customizable, so it can be used to produce simple or complex pieces, and it is effective on a wide range of plastics and other materials, like rubber, foam, cork, and more.

Precision die cutting can actually include a number of different processes, including digital die cutting, flatbed die cutting, and rotary die cutting – each offering different advantages on different projects/materials.

Rotary die cutting, for example, uses a cylindrical die that rotates against a mandrel which makes it a great choice for thinner-gauge materials or for high-volume production runs.

This cutting method can be used for:

  • Through Cutting – Cutting through the entire material so the piece can be separated from the whole.
  • Scoring – This process doesn’t cut through the whole material. It just indents or partial cuts into the material to make it easier for folding and other processes.
  • Kiss Cutting – This cut is specifically for adhesive-lined materials because it goes through everything but the backing material layer.
  • Perforating – Creates a series of punch-through holes so the piece won’t be fully removed from the whole material.
  • Broaching – When the material is particularly thick, it may require this specialized form of die cutting.

What about Waterjet Cutting?

This technique uses extremely high-pressure water streams to precisely cut shapes out of a given material.

These cuts can be used even on thicker materials, and, like the laser, is controlled by a computer to deliver the exact same results with each piece.

This is also a convenient cutting method because the water pressure and abrasive flow rate and other parameters can usually stay the same for all the cutting jobs. It’s just the speed of the cut that will have to change depending on the materials being cut.

Waterjet cutting is a popular choice for prototyping, but it is certainly a valid option for longer production runs, as well (depending on the specific project demands).

It is possible to use water cutting on a range of materials, including metals, which makes it the most common choice when the material in question is sensitive to extreme heat (making laser cutting out of the question).

Other Methods

There are other cutting methods that have been used over the years, but they tend to have specific use cases.

This could include hot knife cutting, in which a wire or blade is electrically heated to melt its way through the plastic. It’s usually used to cut blocks of foam and polystyrene that are really thick.

The same goes for traditional sawing, which may be used for sectioning plastic bar stock so it can be further machined with a different process.

Which Cutting Method is the Right One?

There are a number of factors that must be considered before choosing the best cutting method for your project. Things we will need to think about include:

  • Material – What type of plastic or rubber material will be on the block? The material’s characteristics will play a huge role in the type of cutting methods that can be used.
  • Thickness – Certain cutting methods may be overkill on materials that are too thin. Then again, if we’re dealing with a high thickness, it will require very specific machines in order to continue producing quality cuts at a satisfactory rate.
  • Production Rate – Some methods simply aren’t suited to production at higher speeds, or it’s possible that the cuts will lose quality if the speed is pushed too high. When you need a certain level of production, make sure you’re working with a die cutting partner that can handle high speeds and high quality.
  • Special shapes – If you need something more than a basic shape, it may limit your options for cutting methods. Lasers and waterjets, for example, can be used for intricate cuts, but it will end up taking more time.

These cutting processes must be used effectively to ensure you get the quality pieces you need to develop your products and save money and time. Explore your options, don’t make any assumptions, and chose the right industrial cutting techniques for rubber and plastic that deliver the production rate and quality you need.

 

Many Jobs Behind Your Appliances

The Many Jobs Behind Your Everyday Appliances

Have you ever gone to the refrigerator to procure your favorite refreshing beverage and then stopped to think about just how many jobs went into creating an appliance that makes refreshing-beverage procurement so very easy?

We all understand on some level that a lot of work goes into all of our everyday appliances, but most of us probably don’t realize exactly how many people, companies, and suppliers really have to be involved to produce even the simplest of machines. (And we’re saying this as an integral part of that manufacturing process.)

The actual number of jobs behind your average refrigerator, oven, or microwave may be a little surprising. Let’s take a closer look at these jobs and see if there are some sectors, tasks, and industries behind your appliances that you never really thought about.

Who Is Behind Appliance Manufacturing?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are at least 15 major job groups that are connected to household appliance manufacturing. If you break it down further, within those groups there are 186 different jobs that all contribute – either directly or indirectly – to the process of turning raw materials into usable appliances.

The 15 group of jobs includes:

  • Management
  • Business and financial operations
  • Computer operations
  • Engineering
  • Life/physical/social sciences
  • Legal services
  • Art and design
  • Healthcare practitioners
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Sales operations
  • Office administration
  • Construction and extraction
  • Installation, maintenance and repair
  • Production
  • Transportation and material moving

Of course, several of these jobs fall right into our wheel house at Clark Rubber & Plastic, most of them under the “Production” group.

Our contribution to the development of consumer products includes metal workers and plastic workers, machine tool setters, operators, press machine setters and operators, grinding, polishing, casting, tool and die makers, custom rubber molders, rubber and plastic extrusion operators, inspectors, testers, and much more.

That sounds like a lot – and it is – but even we are just one part of the process.

While our plastic and rubber components are regularly found in automotive components, electronics, packaging materials, household products, and consumer appliances, we are still only providing one part of the puzzle.

There may be a lot of people behind these parts, but it is just the start. There are still people in logistics companies that need to make sure everything is getting where it needs to go. There are company administrators that make sure their assembly lines are never short of the products they need. And, of course, there are the designers who determine what they need and the manufacturers who bring it all together in the end.

From there, it’s all about the sales and transport people. It’s about taking the products that were made from the high-quality materials that we provide and getting them out onto shelves and into the hands of customers.

And even this step may have a lot more people involved with it than you may think.

Every Step Matters

With so many steps and jobs behind each and every appliance that goes to market, it’s critical to ensure that every company, supplier, or person is doing their part to deliver the highest quality possible.

It may just be another refrigerator to the average consumer, but it is the sum of a lot of parts coming together from a lot of places.

At Clark Rubber & Plastic, we are completely committed to our part of this process. Those gaskets and seals that we provide to different manufacturers may seem like a small thing, but they can have a huge impact on the final product that makes it into someone’s home.

Currently, we produce our rubber and plastic products in a 70,000 sq/ft manufacturing space that is fully stocked with some of the most advanced equipment available. On top of that, we have received UL certification of compliance for QMFZ2.E356537 Plastics – Component, which means that the plastic parts we ship out always meet the most stringent safety requirements.

So, the next time you go to the refrigerator to procure your favorite refreshing beverage, take a moment to consider all the work that made this simple activity possible.

Rubber & Plastics for Military Applications

Working with the High-Compliance Needs of Military Applications

Military products and applications demand extremely high reliability and durability because of the likelihood that they will be put to the test in some very extreme environments. This means that military departments that design, develop, and otherwise work on these projects must source materials and parts from companies that understand and meet the established standards and regulations.

Military applications need to be completely reliable, even under the most rigorous conditions. To that end, suppliers must institute their own quality assurance processes on their design, production, and testing phases.

What Are Military Spec Products?

“Military spec” refers to the higher-grade materials that go into every project that could be subjected to heavy usage. These materials must be tough and reliable enough to function properly in a wide range of military industry applications.

The military sector is often called a high-compliance industry because of all the rules and regulations surround any parts and compounds used in any production. Products can only qualify as military spec when they are in full compliance with these requirements.

The exact characteristics of a certified material can be different, but in general, the quality assurance team should make sure that any product shipped off to the military sector must be compliant in strength, durability, temperature resistance, flammability, and other factors.

Exceeding Standards

In truth, it’s not enough just to meet the standards set by different regulatory organizations – not when product failure could lead to potential harm or damage.

At Clark Rubber & Plastic, we have implemented a cutting-edge quality assurance system to make sure that every product that leaves our facilities easily meets and then exceeds the normal requirements of our customers in their industry.

This means that we have ISO/TS 16949:2009 compliance, and we work with certified materials testing facilities and an outside calibration facility to ensure our military spec products deserve the name.

Why It’s So Important

Whatever the final military application, it’s a safe bet that it is going to be put through some extreme environments and heavy usage. This means there is no substitute for effective, detailed, and reliable quality assurance.

These products may be taking some people into some life-threatening situations. They have to perform like they’re supposed to, whether they’re going into sandy, dusty, or watery locations in the middle of some extreme temperatures and locations.

Our materials and products are regularly used in tanks and other vehicles, armaments and munitions, engine parts, marine vessels, airplanes, and more. It’s critically important to ensure safety in them all.

Setting Standards

The Department of Defense does more than just lay out the regulations that govern how products are used in military applications. It also produces a lot of documentation for products and processes and materials that help establish some standardizations.

For example, the DOD may create special documents that make it possible for different agencies or branches of the military to source materials and know exactly what they are going to get. This will lead to a certain level of commonality between all the different departments, which can help streamline the supply system and ensure every branch gets the materials they need.

In order to supply products for the military, producers must meet these standards so that they don’t contribute to bloating the military processes.

Keeping Up with New Developments

Technology, processes, and materials change and develop over the years, which means our manufacturing methods and quality assurance systems have to evolve to keep up. This can make producing military-grade products a challenge, but it is absolutely necessary to ensure the reliability and durability of every product.

This means that, in order to keep up, we have to maintain our quality management systems and constantly improve on what we’re already doing. This mean employing internal and external audits, reviewing policies and reports, taking all the necessary corrective and preventive actions, and making sure that the entire staff knows and understands these requirements.

Military products are very likely intended for applications that demand reliability in some very severe environments and applications. In order to ensure that they are dependable in these difficult conditions, we continue to devote a lot of time and effort to design, production, and testing every part of our production process so it will always meet the necessary requirements, even in a high-compliance industry.

 

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