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

3 Overlooked Elements of Building a Great Culture

Posted by Courtney Underwood

Jul 21, 2017 6:00:00 PM

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This week, Fusion OEM celebrated being among the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in Chicago for the fifth year in a row. Additionally, we also won an Elite Award for our work in Employee Achievement and Recognition. Earning these awards reflects our sound culture of employee engagement, which allows us to retain top talent and reap the benefits of a loyal workforce committed to the future success of our business.

To win these awards, we were assessed by an independent research firm which reviewed a number of key measurements related to: compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance.

At the awards ceremony, I was surrounded by like-minded colleagues who all care deeply about their teams. It was rewarding to learn from companies in a variety of industries on what works for them and where they may be an opportunity for improvement. Here are three lessons that resonated with me:

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Topics: employee engagement, culture

10 Things I've Learned from My Father and His Business

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Jul 14, 2017 6:00:00 PM

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Growing up, I had the privilege of working for my father’s engineering company, where I learned a great deal about the art of business and design engineering. His company, Century Design, engineered items ranging from household appliances for Sunbeam Corporation to assembly equipment for Motorola, and working there directly influenced my entrepreneurial journey. In high school, I started work as a detail draftsman on the drawing board (yes – the drawing board), then project engineer, then sales engineer. Over the 15 years I worked for him throughout high school, college, and later full time, I watched my father navigate business challenges in various economies, develop incredible relationships with his clients, and become a leader that all his employees admired. I was fortunate enough to receive very valuable lessons along the way on everything from business operations to machine design engineering, and those same lessons still resonate with me today. Below are 10 tips that, even today, I still follow:

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Topics: small business

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