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Guill Tool & Engineering, a tool & die and precision machining company for the extrusion and defense industries, announced it has been certified by NQA for AS9100:2016 and ISO 9001:2015. AS9100:2016 is the quality management standard specific to the aerospace industry.
For Guill, ISO 9001:2015 applies specifically to the design and manufacture of single and multi-layer extrusion heads and tooling, as well as to the manufacture of valves, fittings, and components for submarines. The AS9100:2016 applies to commercial contract manufacturing and machining for aviation, space and defense (ASD).
“As Guill Tool & Engineering continues to seek machining excellence, the pursuit and realization of registration to the AS9100:2016 and to the ISO9001:2015 quality management standards will allow Guill access to new markets, increased internal operational efficiency, lower production costs obtained through improved product reliability, better process control, and greater employee quality awareness.” Guill Tool
Guill Extrusion has supplied tooling to many industries since 1962, beginning with wire & cable and expanding to medical, automotive, hose & pipe, compounding, packaging, and wood composite. Guill specializes in multi-layer tube and hose, having developed patented features for controlling layer tolerances and concentricity, leading to material cost savings.
Guill Defense is a preferred supplier of Level 1/SUBSAFE nuclear and non-level fittings, valves, flanges, components and assemblies for the naval submarine industry. As an established government supplier and leader in precision CNC machining, Guill is capable of handling a broad variety of manufacturing projects. With a wide network of approved suppliers, Guill is able to meet the rigorous standards of complex aviation, space, and defense (ASD) industry specifications.
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Exact Metrology proudly announces it has received official AS9100 certification. The Aerospace Standard 9100 includes the requirements for aviation, space and defense organizations. This certification evidences Exact Metrology practices a Quality Management System (QMS) that consistently meets customer expectations. Exact Metrology management has been heavily involved with the QMS process. This starts with the setting of Quality Policy, Quality Goals and Objectives. Management Review looks at the data from QMS, sees that Quality Goals are met, sets new ones and strives for continuous improvement. The advantage of this stringent Management Review is that it provides a basis for reviewing goals and performance against goals that are periodically reviewed. As a result, according to company co-founder Dean Solberg, customer satisfaction has increased because, “…the Goals and Objectives of the QMS take the customer’s needs into account and the Exact team can react and plan accordingly.”
Benefits of implementing AS9100 include well defined and documented procedures to improve the consistency of output, quality is constantly measured, procedures ensure corrective action is taken whenever defects occur, reducied overall cost, appreciably lower defect rates and earlier detection, exposure to new markets and retention/increase of market share in existing sectors, internal operational efficiency and overall better process control and workflow.
The company is also ISO9001:2008 certified. This is the only ISO standard that requires certification and is an internationally recognized Quality Management System that governs the sale and service of 3D non-contact and contact measuring equipment for inspection and reverse engineering in the commercial, aerospace, medical, automotive and industrial sectors. The ISO9001:2008 certification highlights the commitment, dedication and service Exact Metrology employs for customers.
Exact is also certified by ITAR, the International Traffic Arms Regulation. As a result, Exact Metrology has a competitive advantage when attracting and retaining defense business. Prime contractors are obligated to comply with ITAR requirements and these same requirements must be employed by subcontractors. Subcontractors such as Exact Metrology, who demonstrate compliance with ITAR standards, are clearly more desirable resources for prime contractors. Finally, being ITAR certified gives Exact Metrology the opportunity to do business with defense companies overseas, a growing market for the company currently.
Exact Metrology also has a Federal Firearms License, giving them the ability to send and receive weapons for quality control and inspection.
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Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.Continue reading
North Carolina job shop seeks to diversify and expand customer base in aerospace and other markets; boasts “large shop ability, small shop agility”
James Tool began as a five-man machine shop in 1987, founded by James “Bud” Toner and has grown steadily, over the years. Today, under the leadership of Bud’s son Jeff Toner, the shop has become a supplier of quality machined components to Fortune 500 companies and prime suppliers to the aerospace, heavy equipment, automotive, oil & gas, nuclear and transportation industries. James Tool currently comprises three manufacturing centers, namely engineer/build hydraulic workholding, CNC production machining and precision short run CNC machining. The shop recently achieved the highly valued AS9100 registration for its manufacturing protocols and processes.
As Jeff Toner explains, “We were driven by a need for market diversification and expansion of our current business, building on the strengths established from our aerospace success. Our goal is to secure more business in market sectors that demand the same precision and production efficiencies as our aerospace customers.” He also explained how the company, already recognized for its in-house engineering of hydraulic workholding systems and its precision CNC machining capabilities, sought to obtain the AS9100 registration as a further value-add to its current and potential customers in the aerospace market, one of the fastest-growing manufacturing sectors in the Southeast.
James Tool produces parts in prototype, one-off, short run and production quantities, using 4- and 5-axis CNC machine tools, from high and low carbon steels, nickel alloys, aluminum, stainless, thermoplastics and engineered aerospace materials alike.
In seeking the AS9100 registration, the company engaged in a rigorous process that included reviewing and understanding all the standard requirements, evaluating all current processes, gap analysis program (GAP) utilization, revision and implementation of all necessary processes, procedures, manuals, documentation and training, as well as the ongoing evaluation and continuous improvements in the processes and protocols used at James Tool.
In assessing the current state of the company, Toner observes, “We use state-of-the-art CNC machine tools of the latest generation, plus highly advance metrology solutions to achieve and maintain consistent part quality. We have 5-axis vertical machining centers, high-speed milling centers and multi-pallet workstations. In addition, we offer wire EDM, thermal deburring, CNC torch cutting, vibratory stress relief and a black oxide coating system in-house.” To enable this expansion of services and in anticipation of future growth, James Tool took a bold step in the current economy and recently completed additions and expansions onto its statewide facilities in North Carolina. One new facility in Morganton is 30,000 square feet, while another facility houses a new training complex for the company’s workforce, currently over 120 employees. Overall, James Tool now occupies in excess of 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and service facilities in Morganton and Columbus, North Carolina.
CAD (SolidWorks®) and CAM (MasterCam®) programming is all done in-house to support the CNC machining at James Tool.
Looking to the future for James Tool, Toner concludes, “We are a very pro-active company. We make a decided effort to acquire the latest machine tools and other technologies, so that we can continue to provide our customers the very highest quality products in the fastest possible turnaround times. Hand in hand with the machining and metrology advancements, however, must be a corresponding program of training for our current and future employees. Highly trained people create a better environment, where high quality work, safety and production efficiencies lead to the very best experience for our customers. This is an ongoing commitment at James Tool.” The new AS9100 registration and substantial investments made by the company in both new machinery and new facilities are further evidence of this fact, according to Jeff Toner.
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