Manufacturing

The Injection Molding Process: Part Four

By |2019-08-19T07:25:15-04:00August 19th, 2019|News|

Injection Mold/Process Qualification First Article and/or First Piece start up inspection – Verifies that the mold, equipment and machine setup is qualified to run. In order to validate that the molding process consistently yields acceptable results, inspection data needs to be collected using an adequate sampling method over multiple lots. Inspection during production will ensure

The Injection Molding Process: Part Three

By |2019-08-14T14:36:47-04:00August 14th, 2019|News|

Injection Molding Process Optimization Optimizing the molding process requires technical skill, knowledge and expertise of the equipment as well as a methodical scientific approach. You can run endless trials and experiments and collect data but that will not change the end result. The process reliability is limited and only as good as the first four

Artificial Intelligence: For better or worse

By |2019-06-26T16:34:06-04:00June 26th, 2019|News|

Artificial Intelligence: For better or worse With the rise and popularity of artificial intelligence there appears to be a lot of hype pushing for new technologies to make our lives better, but who is really benefiting? Industry 4.0 is pushing its way through the manufacturing industry to get everyone connected, but what will all the

Quality Matters: (Part 3 of 3) Quality System – Where Do We Start?

By |2019-06-03T11:47:27-04:00June 10th, 2019|News|

Quality System – Where Do We Start? You have decided that you need a new or improved quality system, and now the question is, where do you start? To quote Stephen Covey, begin with the end in mind. Does the organization need or wish to pursue an ISO certification, Nadcap accreditation, or FDA clearance? If

Quality Matters: (Part 2 of 3) One Quality System, Please

By |2019-06-03T11:46:25-04:00June 3rd, 2019|News|

One Quality System, Please The organization should have only one quality system. And, unless there is an overwhelming need, the organization should have one quality system certification or accreditation. For clarity, an overwhelming need would include ISO certification and a regulatory registration (e.g., FDA), not two separate ISO or ISO-equivalent certifications. This is true whether

Quality Matters: A three-part series

By |2019-05-06T18:37:01-04:00May 6th, 2019|News|

Part 1: Whose Quality System Is It? Whose quality system is it? Who cares and why? The answer to the first question is, it is your quality system. How do you know it is yours? With no pun intended, the documents probably include your company’s letterhead or logo. And, whether it was developed in-house and