Speed is of the essence in the prototype industry.
ADVANCE uses the latest inspection system and equipment to maintain the highest standards of quality and accuracy.
Quality control at ADVANCE
ADVANCE engineers conduct in-process inspections of production processes not to produce poor quality products.
The final inspection takes place in a temperature and humidity controlled inspection room and is performed by dedicated inspectors using 3-D measuring devices and tool-maker's microscopes with accuracy to 0.001 mm. Products are carefully checked against the client requirements.
ADVANCE was granted ISO9001 certification in 2006. Under ADVANCE quality management system, we strive to boost quality standards and introduce improvements to ensure that our clients are satisfied.
The Quality Control Department classifies nonconformities into 16 categories and provides factories with constant feedback on nonconformities that are identified within production processes, as well as determining the root causes and taking action as necessary. The Department also analyzes more general trends to identify potential nonconformities and take preventative measures in advance.
ADVANCE does not consider quality control to be the domain of a specific department. Rather, we discuss quality issues and develop quality control systems and structures that apply to the entire group.
Each process of quality control
Design data is fed into the design process using 3-D CAD to verify that it meets the requirements.
In-process inspections are conducted at all stages of the manufacturing process to ascertain the accuracy of the prototypes and compliance with requirements.
Final inspections of finished products are conducted by the quality control departments using 3-D measuring devices.
Quality control teams conduct final product inspections based on in-process product assurances using checklists during production processes. Any nonconformities identified by the quality control teams are reported at regular site meetings, where the underlying problems are analyzed and improvements discussed. The Board of Directors is given regular updates on the progress of quality control initiatives.
The 5S Program
The 5S Program* is used at ADVANCE factories in Japan and overseas to maintain a safe and secure working environment and ensure that confidentiality requirements are observed.
* The name "5S" is derived from five Japanese words starting with S that meaning neat, clean, orderly, hygienic and disciplined.
Prototype production tends to generate a considerable environmental burden in terms of industrial waste from manufacturing processes such as cutting, casting and sheet metal work as well as surface treatment processes. Reducing the environmental burden by minimizing waste output is a major challenge. It is also important to minimize energy losses in order to conserve resource consumption and generate cost savings. Overseas facilities are expected to comply with both local environmental regulations and Japanese environmental standards. Compliance requirements must be observed in Japan and overseas.
ADVANCE is committed to prototype production operations that are in accordance with the expectations of the international community. We were granted ISO14001 certification in 2006, and under our Environment Management System we are working to reduce industrial waste output and promote recycling in order to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. In Europe, our chemical management procedures are fully compliant with the provisions of the RoHs directives and REACH regulations.