ISO Certification Update
In December 2017, CEI had it's re-certification and upgrade audit. CEI was measured against the 2015 standard for ISO 9001. On December 25th, we received word that Perry Johnson Registrars has certified us. For those who don't know, the 2015 revision of the standard has removed the Management Representative. Instead, the entire leadership team is responsible for the quality system. This emphasis on leadership provided an opportunity for many of our team members to own the processes and procedures which affect their area of expertise. We're proud of our team and look forward to continuing the improvement of our quality system under their leadership.
With the increased workload in our turning department, we've decided to add a second lathe. Along with the lathe, we've added a lot of tooling which will allow us much more versatility when machining our turned parts.
Automatic Band Saw
CEI is always looking for opportunities for improvement. When an opportunity arose to purchase an automatic band saw, the decision was easy. By cutting bar stock in-house, we could reduce the time it took acquire raw materials and remove the cost associated with extra processing from our suppliers. It is a win win situation that benefits our customers.
We've recently added a software that we're really happy with. It's called Inspection Manager by High QA. It's primary function is the automatic bubbling of prints. While the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is great out of the box, that's not all it can do. Once a print is scanned, exporting a First Article or In-Process Report is a couple of clicks away. Inspection Manager also provides the flexibility to group bubbles into views/operations. From there, it can export reports or bubbled prints containing only intended bubbles. No more measuring the wrong bubble on Op 2. :-)
Inspection Manager also has a color coded revision change process which quickly and easily shows the changes. New is Blue, old is red, common is black. Our eyes go straight to the discrepancies, minimizing confusion and time spent analyzing. Finally, it will import results from our CMM. Once CMM results are mapped to bubbles for that part, adding more samples is just a couple of clicks. We're excited to let the software do the heavy lifting and spend more time doing what we love -- machining.