Newsletter October 2013
This edition of FGL News is a special one! To mark our 20 years in business, this issue is focused on our continuous improvement programme – which has included a £1million+ production investment over the last 18 months to ensure that we continue to be the most agile supplier in the industry, who will always deliver a quality product on time. Firstly, we look at the investment in training we’ve undertaken across the areas of health and safety, ISO 9001 auditing, and fire risk assessment.
Finally we look at continuous improvement across the company in general, and then look more closely at a very recent investment in a VLF Clean Assembly Area, which will improve quality assurance even further.
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Raising the bar
Our approach to continuous improvement also stretches across our
workforce and we have once again invested in further training including -
IOSH Health and Safety Training, Fire Risk Assessment Training and
ISO9001:2008 Standards and Auditor Training.
The ISO9001:2008 training, facilitated by the Fircks Consultancy, was
attended by four of our most senior team during July and September. This
has provided them with a deeper understanding of the principles and
practices that make an effective Quality Management System (QMS) audit
compliant. It’s also provided them with guidelines for auditing management
and production systems, emphasising the ability to conduct 2nd party
assessments of suppliers and sub-contractors. As a result, we’re presently
carrying out an even more thorough audit of all of our suppliers – which
undoubtedly provides further assurance that QMS’s at Fascia, and with our
suppliers, are the most robust and highly compliant in the market.
Continuously improving our service to customers for 20 years
Turning 20 is a real landmark for the business. Whilst the company has been transformed into a much larger and leaner operation, housing the latest technology under one roof, we have kept our promise to our customers consistent. Excellent customer service, fast lead times (on-time delivery over 99.5% in 2012) – ensures
efficient delivery of the highest quality product at extremely competitive prices.
Delivering on this promise has allowed us to satisfy over 800 customers across many sectors such as medical, security, fire and instrumentation.
Our recent £1million+ investment in the latest production equipment (two Sakurai printing lines) – the only in our industry in the UK – is another example of how we have reinvested back into the business to up our game, and continue to lead the industry.
Our Sakurai printers have been developed specifically for this industry through working with Natgraph, the supplier of the machine. As a result, both machines have been built with a Natgraph High Temperature, Air Force UV/IR combination dryer, which is the latest technology for a cylinder screen printing line for industrial screen printing. The machines also come with unique anti scratch substrate paths to further reduce in-process waste. The servo-driven elongation corrector and multi sensor system guarantee perfect alignment between colours. We can also closely control ink weight within two or three microns!
Below you will read about how we are reducing particulate contamination in our membrane assembly area with the new VLF Clean Assembly System, but in addition to this, both of the Sakurai presses have also been installed within a positive pressure environment. This environment reduces the amount of dust and debris entering the atmosphere and enables us to closely control temperature and humidity, further reducing in-process waste and machine downtime.
Along with the Sakurai servo driven presses and VLF Clean Assembly Area, we have also invested in a Roland digital printer, a pick and place assembly machine, three new Zund cutters, a viscometer, and an elcometer probe - a coating thickness gauge.
As the latest production upgrades are almost complete, we’re giving our customers an opportunity to tour the factor at your convenience, so do please contact us for more information and to book in a date if this is of interest.
Delivering the highest quality assemblies in the industry
Fascia’s products have always been of the highest quality - but in a pursuit of raising our market leading standards further, we have recently invested in a VLF Clean Assembly Area. This class 10 clean environment ensures all airborne contamination is removed during the assembly process.
Installed within our purpose built positive pressure assembly room, our VLF assembly area is ideal for the assembly of windows and components where a dust free environment is essential. Fitted with an intake filter and large capacity main HEPAs filter, the area offers 99.997% efficiency at 0.3µ.
The area compliments our pick and placement machine, which is one of the most advanced in the industry with its vision camera ensuring precise placement of components to 0402 and 0.5mm pitch QFPs. As a result, we can now guarantee the most precise and highest quality assemblies in the industry.
Michael Hole, Systems Improvement Manager at Fascia Graphics said:
“Combining this new VLF assembly area with our pick and place machine allows us to assemble high volumes of keypads and overlays with little or no threat of particulate contamination.”
To find out more about how this system will support the production of your product, please contact your account manager, or email [email protected]
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