Our process is our recipe for a perfect product. We follow a regimented routine to how product flows through our organization. The system is based on what is best for our customers as opposed to what is the least expensive option.
Executing the perfect plan is all about following the play book. At Chips, we treat each component part with same attention to detail. We stick to the plan, every time.
What can you expect when your RFQ’s leaves your office or your order is sent to Chips? We immediately jump into action and the process begins….
Populating the estimate is the part of our process where we take into consideration the work and effort required to successfully produce the proposed manufactured component. There is a thorough review of material content, process, work center requirement, cycle time and a host of other variables in order to ensure success. The estimate is our initial road-map and our baseline for customer requirements.
If the component price and lead time are agreeable and the customer is confident in our ability to produce the component a purchase order or contract is placed. Once we receive the customer purchase order, we acknowledge that we have received the order and confirm the delivery per our estimate.
The process where we determine the work center required, production area and service routing in order to accommodate the customers required lead time. Careful consideration is given for the specific machining steps and any additional services or treatments for that component in order to satisfy delivery requirements.
This is our key to effectiveness. The success for component manufacturing starts with sound machining fundamentals. Our engineering department is provided with the most state of the art tools in order to assist them with this accomplishment. We reproduce all customer blueprints in three dimensional views using Solid Works. The three dimensional print is then exported to our CAM ( computer automated manufacturing ) package for process and cycle time optimization. We have three dimensional manufacturing simulation in order to review the process for any potential machining issues prior to production. We have also optimized our machine programs by customizing our code with machine specific post processing software. During the engineering process we determine the project success through a developed production plan. We follow a regiment APQP ( Advanced Product Quality Plan ) meeting to dissect ideas and ensure success. The engineering solutions provided by Chips are second to none.
This is the step in our business where we put everything done prior into action. The estimate, schedule, and engineering provide a road map for manufacturing success and profitability. Within the production process there are some key focus events. Reduction in the amount of time required in order to get the components ready to run, or what is referred to as set-up time, is a key strength. Also, the control plan or map for successful production is continually reviewed to ensure operators understanding of component specifics. Lastly, feedback and production review are monitored for continual process improvement.
Our quality systems is made up of a control plan (system) that is very robust and concise. The plan starts in engineering with dimension checks and simplification based on the manufacturing process and is delivered to production with a compliment of the most modern inspection equipment available. We embrace a system of standardization and multiple process checks and verification. Our In-process methods incorporate simple, non-contact, vision inspection equipment for easy and accurate verification of part conformance. Our inspection team commands a floor presence with our Pre-Production (First Article Inspection), In-process, and Final Audit part verification plan. Our quality lab is meticulous and our record keeping is key to gauge calibration (the process to confirm gauges are specified tolerances) effectiveness. Unlike other companies, our quality team is engaged more with In-Process vs post process inspection technique. We want to catch all issues before the product is complete.
The final step to manufacturing your goods is putting the part in the box and shipping it out the door. We take the same care and pride in packaging your parts as we do in making them. Careful consideration is given to ensure that you receive your product on time and in the best condition possible. We work with the best materials and inventory management aides available. We have a containment system that starts with raw materials and ends with a FIFO storage system. We work with customers on economical run quantities and just in time inventory requirements, all managed through our business system.