It is Kaman Composites’ quality philosophy to:
- Fully understand our customers’ needs.
- Build products which meet, or exceed, those needs.
- Continuously improve all aspects of our business, especially Customer Service.
Kaman Composites’ policy is to provide customers with products that are fully compliant with agreed upon standards and specifications and take into account all relevant contractual, technical, commercial, regulatory, statutory, safety and environmental requirements.
All Kaman Composites personnel are required to comply with the company’s Quality Policy at all times and to continually improve all aspects of the quality management system and to work to surpass the Quality Goals of the company.
Achieving and maintaining the highest quality standards is one of Vermont Composites’ top priorities. We have been ISO 9001 registered since 1998 and have received supplier excellence awards from our customers in all of our market areas. Quality systems have recently been upgraded to ISO 9001-2008 and we have achieved AS 9100 certification. In 2008, Vermont Composites gained Nadcap Accreditation for Composites, AC7118, Rev. A, which includes prepreg/adhesive bonding, metal bonding and core processing.
Our manufacturing process has built in material and process control as well and full material and process traceability.
Quality Assurance Laboratory
While quality processes conducted by personnel trained to have a quality attitude in everything that they do exists throughout Kaman Composites, a focal point of our quality process is our Quality Assurance Laboratory. It is here that various tests are performed and measurements are taken on our customer's products to assure that every component that we produce meets their specifications. We can pull tensile, pull compressive, flex interlaminar shear, perform climbing durm peel and perform various other tests associated with validation and acceptance of part processing in the composites industry. Other testing may also be conducted by QA personnel within the various producton units. Records of all tests results are available within the QA Lab.
Our testing and measurement equipment includes the following:
- Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM):
A Brown and Sharpe XCEL 9129 is housed in a temperature controlled environment to ensure accuracy. It has a measuring range of 35.4 inches in the X-axis, 47.2 inches in the Y-axis, and 33.5 inches in the Z-axis. In addition, it used an SPC software package to collect, store and analyze data. The CMM has Callibration Certification traceable to NIST.
Two FARO Arm Coordinate Measuring Machines (one Gold and one Platinum) capable of measuring within an 8 foot diameter sphere to an accuracy of +/- 0.001 inches.
- X-Ray Inspection Equipment
- Ultrasonic Flaw Detection Equipment “A” Scan
- Ultrasonic Bondmaster
- United Tensile Testing Machine
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