5 Benefits of AS9100D Certification

Posted by Courtney Underwood

Oct 13, 2017 6:37:22 PM

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With increasingly complex supply chains that span the world, it’s important that manufacturers demonstrate their commitment to quality and on-time delivery. Certification to the AS9100D standard validates our need to meet our high customer expectations and their rigorous contractual requirements. AS9100D refers to a high quality management standard that is designed for the aerospace industry. This standard strongly focuses on quality and reliability aspects of items supplied to the aerospace industry. Companies that manufacture aerospace products are also required to hold AS9100 certification. AS9100 certification has been recognized by the U.S. Government and Department of Defense as a standard to qualify a company as a reliable manufacturer.

The aerospace sector has always needed to demonstrate high levels of safety and quality, but the benefits to our company are far greater. As an AS9100D certified contract manufacturer, we have realized the following improvements:

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Fusion OEM is Now ITAR Registered

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Oct 11, 2017 5:00:00 PM

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I am pleased to announce that Fusion OEM is now an International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registered contract manufacturer. To comply with these requirements, we must have a plan in place to control data from being compromised by a foreign person either in the U.S. or abroad. As a result, we have updated our Visitor Policy.

What does this mean for visitors to our facility? Effective immediately, access to our facility is restricted to employees. All visitors and/or contractors are required to abide by the following process:

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Topics: itar

Fusion OEM is Now AS9100D Certified

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Oct 6, 2017 6:02:00 PM

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I am pleased to announce that Fusion OEM has been awarded AS9100D along with ISO 9001:2015 certification from NSF International for the design, manufacture, distribution and service of our client’s products and components.

ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards. ISO 9001 is the most widely used quality certification and also one of the most stringent. AS9100 is the internationally recognized Quality Management System (QMS) standard specific to the aerospace, aviation and defense industries. This standard is strongly supported and adhered to by major aerospace OEMs and is being required by vendors within the supply chain on an increasing basis. AS9100 places additional emphasis on structured design and validation methodologies, configuration management, and identification and traceability.

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Topics: as9100

3 Tips to Ensure a Successful ISO 9001:2015 Audit

Posted by Courtney Underwood

Sep 8, 2017 6:26:27 PM

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ISO 9001:2015 is a widely used standard for quality certification and also one of the most stringent. This standard ensures that every aspect of a contract manufacturer’s business is well-run and continually improving, including key processes, management roles and responsibilities, documentation, customer satisfaction, employee training, vendor performance and internal audits.

Certification audits are used to evaluate the effectiveness of and assess conformity to documented Procedures and Work Instructions, and identify opportunities for improvement. During an audit, a manufacturer’s quality system is measured against the requirements of the standard. More than just a method of checking practice against procedure, audits are a powerful tool in manufacturing improvement processes. Below please find 3 tips to ensure a successful audit:

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Topics: iso

3 Ways to Protect Your Business from Financial Fraud

Posted by Jeff LaCrosse

Sep 1, 2017 7:14:37 PM

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As technology evolves, financial fraud protection is becoming more and more of a necessity.  Increasingly elaborate and technically savvy methods of fraud are escalating their attempts to steal money from both companies and individuals.  Banks are seeing an alarming number of fraud cases with both paper checks and ACH transactions.  Checks are stolen from the mail and manipulated to deposit in fraudulent accounts.  ACH payments are being hacked in mere moments.  As our defense methods advance, so do the schemes and devices that try and manipulate them.

There are several methods of financial protection available, and choosing the right methods that suite how your business operates is crucial to avoid suffering from financial fraud. Consider implementing these three tips to avoid a financial disaster:

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Topics: accounting

5 Benefits of Outsourcing Manufacturing

Posted by Keith Gansberg

Aug 25, 2017 6:00:00 PM

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To outsource a product or process versus producing it in-house is a decision faced by manufacturing companies every day, and making the right choice can be key to your company’s success.  A company may decide to outsource products and services for a variety of reasons. Areas of consideration should include flexibility, capacity, quality, cost and capability.

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Topics: outsourced manufacturing

5 Keys to a Successful Engineering Release Meeting

Posted by Jim Torres

Aug 18, 2017 5:55:34 PM

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An engineering release meeting is a well-established part of most manufacturing companies and often can have a major impact on the health of a project.  All too often, engineering release meetings are carried out in haste and lead to issues down the line that could have been resolved before they even arose.  Listed below are five keys to keep in mind when planning an engineering release meeting.

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Topics: engineering

5 Things to Expect in an ISO Stage 1 Audit

Posted by Courtney Underwood

Aug 11, 2017 6:00:00 PM

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ISO 9001:2015 is a widely used standard for quality certification and also one of the most stringent. This standard ensures that every aspect of a business is well-run and continually improving, including key processes, management roles and responsibilities, documentation, customer satisfaction, employee training, vendor performance and internal audits.

The last step in obtaining certification is the Certification Audit, which usually happens in two stages: Stage 1 and 2. Stage 1, the preliminary audit, is used to gain knowledge of a company’s policies, objectives, risks, and processes. This top level review is usually done on-site and determines whether a manufacturer’s quality system has met the requirements of the standard. Below please find common activities performed during a Stage 1 Audit:

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Topics: iso

What You Need to Know About PLC Program Structures

Posted by Jacob Miller

Aug 4, 2017 6:10:42 PM

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A program is the brain behind any automated system, it takes inputs from various sensors or devices, makes logical decisions based upon that information, then determines a desired output, such as moving a load, communicating information, or even waiting for more information.  As you can probably guess, even a relatively simple system can quickly get complicated as user adjustments, environmental influences, and interruption recovery are accounted for. Any seasoned programmer knows there is more than one way to control a system and achieve the desired effect, and each solution is as unique to the programmer as their personality.  While this flexibility is an advantage to ensure each system is optimized for its physical differences, it also adds a particular and challenging problem when it comes to multiple programmers working in, or supporting the same piece of logic.

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Topics: plc, programming

What is the Difference Between PNP and NPN Configurations?

Posted by Mike Basile

Jul 28, 2017 6:00:00 PM

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When it comes to solid state devices, such as PLC transistor outputs and sensors, the concept of PNP and NPN configurations can be easily confused. The difference between these two configurations is simply the direction in which current flows.

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Topics: engineering