Keeping Up with the Demands of Quality: New certification IATF 16949

Keeping Up with the Demands of Quality: New certification IATF 16949

Every company that produces or manufactures anything knows that you have to live and breathe quality control. This can be tedious. However, nothing is more important when you are manufacturing products, especially ones that are going to be used by consumers. As a result, safety and functionality must be right every time. For this reason, the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) developed standards of quality control for the automotive industry. Here we will overview the IAFT, their new certification IATF 16949, and some other components of quality control. Who is IATF? The International Automotive Task Force describes themselves as an ad hoc group. Their purpose is to work to provide continuity, consensus, and improved quality around the globe in the automotive industry. With widely accepted standards, registration schemes, and training material, they are the “go to source” for automotive manufacturing quality. With this in mind, LTC Roll and engineering recognizes and seeks to adhere to these standards. It is our desire to offer the best products to automotive manufacturers around the world. The New Certification IATF 16949 This new certification is a replacement for the ISO/TS 16949. Given that, its primary goal and purpose are to inform automotive industry manufacturers about the processes that best lead to quality. These specifically relate to companies’ organizational systems and how they relate to and foster quality. Training and compliance will get a company to certification, an essential factor for automotive manufacturing companies. The 2016 update contains many changes and additions for businesses to learn, process, and integrate into their structure. Compliance Thankfully, there are dozens of websites online that can help a company register for the training and compliance...

Progressive Die Stamping for the Automotive Industry

LTC Roll has become a nationally, and internationally, recognized leader in progressive die stamping. Our highly skilled and proficient team do more than make quality parts quickly, affordably, and efficiently. Moreover, our years of experience add continued value to our client’s experience. Here is an overview of what it is and why we offer it as one of our four main competencies. What is Progressive Die Stamping?   Progressive die stamping is a widely used process for forming raw sheets of metal into varying parts for different client applications. As the name signifies, it is a process with many progressive steps. Each step builds on the one before it, to create the part our client desires. While each part has some potential variations in the process, the basic setup is similar and follows the following basic steps: 1.    First, a skilled employee inserts the strip of sheet metal into the die. Once placed correctly, the technician triggers the machine. 2.    Next, they adjust the strip and move it to the next step in the progression. The machine is then triggered again. 3.    This process is repeated over and over again throughout the shift. The number of steps in the process varies per part manufactured, but the result is the same. Once a section of metal goes through each step, the final step cuts the part of the larger sheet, which is then checked by the technician and placed with other completed parts.   What are the Benefits of Progressive Die Stamping?   One major advantage is the use of materials. The level of precision at which the dies...

How Women in Manufacturing are Changing the Game

When you think manufacturing, what do you picture? A dirty man in overalls sweating next to a smelting fire, right? Maybe not that exactly, but for the typical American, an iconic image on a manufacturing floor from the first half of the 20th century usually comes to mind. But today’s manufacturing is far from that. In fact women in manufacturing are changing the game. Sure, the look of manufacturing changes with more women involved because they look different than men, but that’s not what we have in mind. We’re talking about the perception of manufacturing being what you do when you have no education and no connections. Women in manufacturing are highly skilled workers who are sought after by manufacturing employers because they make businesses better, improve working environments, and broaden the skills of the companies for which they work.   Women are Making Companies More Competitive   Research has shown that diversity in a company’s workforce increases their competition with other businesses. Given that women are the largest section of the workforce, there is a great opportunity for women in manufacturing to raise the bar. Unfortunately, they are massively underrepresented in this industry. However, that only means that more opportunity exists for women to compete for these roles.   Diversity’s Wonderful Side Effect   It’s a little-known fact that diversity breeds happier employees that are more likely to stay with their companies. However, that’s exactly what research from 2013 shows. There is a connection between diversity and intent to stay. Since hiring women in manufacturing jobs brings more diversity to companies, it also increases the likelihood of employees...
Advantages of Manufacturing in Mexico

Advantages of Manufacturing in Mexico

Companies have long sought to capitalize on benefits by moving certain aspects of their business to other countries. In the United States, China has dominated this conversation in recent years. However, there are many reasons to consider the advantages of manufacturing in Mexico for U.S. companies looking to diversify their manufacturing options. In this article, we’ve listed five advantages of manufacturing in Mexico. Low Cost, High Skill It’s commonly been the assumption that manufacturing in Mexico is cheaper than the U.S., which is true, but what is often not known is the significant skill level of Mexican workers. The country graduates hundreds of thousands of skilled workers each year in an area that is massively literate and whose education system is substantial and growing. Additionally, the labor force is known both by reputation and research to be highly dependable. High quality coupled with low wages gives a complete picture of manufacturing in Mexico Affordable Infrastructure Wages aren’t the only place businesses see savings, though. Manufacturing in Mexico offers a modern infrastructure that is quite affordable. Estimates in the U.S. suggest the average real estate cost per square foot between $9 and $20, whereas many estimates put it below $5 for Mexico. With this infrastructure comes easy access to the U.S. by air, land, or sea. Shipping can happen in cargo ships or semi-trucks, but business can also capitalize on U.S. rate structures for major shipping corporations. Proximity to the U.S. Shipping provides the perfect segue to the next advantage of manufacturing in Mexico: Proximity to the U.S. This is not only an advantage because of shipping, but also for...
Ten Important Facts About Women in Manufacturing

Ten Important Facts About Women in Manufacturing

Manufacturing has long been one of the mainstays of the American economy. Today, it still makes up a significant portion of the GDP in the United States. However, one of the major issues facing the industry is the issue of women in manufacturing. Here, we’ve compiled ten important facts about women in manufacturing that you should know regardless of your gender. The Growing Need for Women Surprisingly, there is a growing desire for women in manufacturing jobs today. Even news articles and editorials note the importance of women in manufacturing. Moreover, there have been studies on the number of women in manufacturing and the barriers they face. Thankfully, their support organizations and schools help pave a way forward. Depending on the numbers at any given time, there are approximately 600,000 open manufacturing jobs, and women are the largest demographic pool that can help meet this need. Women in Manufacturing are Decreasing Sadly, in a time when manufacturing grew significantly, the number of women in the industry decreased. Many facts about women in manufacturing are puzzling. For example, from 2010-2013 manufacturing jobs increased by over 500,000, but women lost more than 28,000 jobs in that sector. Both historically and currently, manufacturing has been dominated by men. However, a multi-level effort is underway to change the tide and fully open this field up for women. Success and Gender Diversification Believe it or not, there is a link between company success and gender diversification. Research statistics prove that companies with women in leadership roles show increased rates of innovation and problem-solving. They also experience a higher return on equity, better annual valuation,...