Quality Die Casting
Quality Die Casting
At Northwest Die Casting customer satisfaction is our number one concern, so we have adopted and implemented many processes to control the quality of our products.
We are ISO 9001:2008 certified and we have also implemented our own quality control steps to ensure no quality defects ship out of our facility.
All the raw material used is provided with a certificate of conformance of the material chemistry.
The quality control process starts in the quoting phase when our sales department will solicit input from key departments including Quality, Tool & Die, Engineering, Die Casting & Finance.
Depending on the complexity of the project, the above teams can deem the project as high risk. This would mean that a mold flow or solidification simulation would have to be completed before tooling design can be approved.
While these processes cannot guarantee 100% chance of success they will greatly improve odds of a successful build and launch.
World Class Quality Die Casting
Before a die cast machine can start running full production quality must complete a 1st article inspection and PPAP sample of the die casting part.
“We maintain a Master Sample of all product manufactured to ensure comparability throughout the entire life of the project.”
NWDC uses engineering solutions to simplify and improve the manufacturing of the parts; build-in picking points, holders for heavy or difficult to hold parts, self-locating/self aligning features, integrated handles or gripping aids into heavy or odd shaped components to assist the operation on holding the parts for installation or to facilitate removing the parts. Poke Yoke fixtures and tooling is designed and utilized to limit any quality issues that may arise.
Our production floor quality control plan is an important step to ensuring defect free parts. Our work instructions are clear and simple enough where a new hire can determine and pin-point any quality defects when a die cast product reaches his/her line.
All die casting products require in-process inspection every 2 hours and every time it reaches a new operation.
The final step of our quality control process is the final inspection staging area where the quality department has to inspect and sign off on anything that leaves the facility.
Quality Lab & Metrology Capabilities
Coordinated Measuring (CMM)
Force Testing – Testing product to evaluate the material strength.
Gas Porosity Testing
Mold Flow Simulation (Outsourced)
X-Ray Testing (Outsourced)
PPAP 1st Article Inspection Services
CAPA, RMA, DMR processes are utilized and documented within the ISO guidelines procedure.