FineCal's systems - fully certified to ISO9001:2015.
Quality is paramount: our goal is to get it "RIGHT 1st TIME". STOP PRESS! 4 more SVHC's added to REACh - July 2019 see what they are!
Our set target is zero - no complaints; no non-conformances; no corrective actions. Our last review highlighted we were running at 0.12% - down from the previous 0.11%.
Originally certified in 1992 to BS5750 as an addition to our existing MOD approval. Over 26 years later, we've developed our Systems that now combines Quality, Health & Safety and Environment disciplines so that processes, their risks and methods can be assessed to improve overall effectiveness. Our last audit conducted by UKAS raised neither corrective actions nor observations other than congratulations all round.
Just click, on our downloadable pdf Group Quality Profile Pack. Here you can see our policies including Ethical, Organisational chart, ISO certificate (ISO9001:2015) on page 9, and Customer Approvals all within one document.
Our customer approvals include:-
- GKN Aerospace - Filton (inc. Airbus) to: QA-GKNAF000018-1
- BAE to: BAE/AG/20415/MAA
- Leonardo (AgustaWestland) to: V00679 03c (Electrical Accessories + Components) and 04b (Non-Metallic Raw Materials)
- Aim Aviation (Jecco) to: AA/J/466
- Airbus UK Limited
- Ultra Electronics
RoHS and REACh
RoHS (Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances) + WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) are two European Directives introduced to ensure environmental procedures are followed by manufacturers, importers and supply chains especially in markets relating to automotive, electronic, electrical equipment & components. Medical devices, Monitoring & Control instruments remain exempt for now in RoHS and restricts new electrical & electronic equipment from containing specific substances such as flame retardants. If these ingredients are above fixed maximum levels, then they should not be included or sold: ideally safe alternatives should be incorporated within the manufacturing process.
Substances defined by RoHS (the bottom 4 known now as RoHS 3) -
- Cadmium < 100 ppm
- Hexavalent Chromium < 1000 ppm
- Lead < 1000 ppm
- Mercury < 100 ppm
- Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB) < 1000 ppm
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) < 1000 ppm
- Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) < 1000 ppm
- Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) < 1000 ppm
- Dibutyl phthalate < 1000 ppm
- Diisobutyl phthalate < 1000 ppm
End products covered by RoHS (non-exhaustive list) are:-
- Cat 1 / 2: Large appliances such as air-conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, washers / Small appliances; coffee makers, hair dyers, irons, vacuum cleaners
- Cat 3: IT and telecommunications equipment inc computers, copiers, phones, printers
- Cat 4: Consumer electrical equipment such as music systems, TV's etc
- Cat 5: Lighting which includes bulbs, fixtures and lights
- Cat 6: Power tools inc drills, nail guns, saws Electrical and electronic tools (not large scale stationary industrial tools)
- Cat 7: Toys & Sports incorporating drones, electric cars & trains, video games
- Cat 8: Medical devices*
- Cat 9: Control & monitoring equipment*
- Cat 10: Automatic Dispensers: ATM, vending machines
- Cat 11: Other electrical equipment (EEE) not mentioned above and if not exempt**
* Compliance deadline for Category 8, 9 products for RoHS 3 phthalate restriction is July 22, 2021
** Compliance deadline for Category 11 products for RoHS 3 phthalate restriction is July 23, 2019
REACh (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) has replaced many previous regulations in order to highlight those substances (ECHA substance list) that are classed as severe. The latest release came into effect 16th July 2019 and now number 203 SVHC's.
Chemicals have potentially unknown risks to health because they may have never been fully evaluated. REACh aims to make those originators / importers / suppliers who place chemicals on the market responsible for controlling the risks associated with their use and reducing / eradicating SVHC's (severe hazardous chemicals) to less than 0.01% by weight. It's a possibility that as a direct result of these restrictions, a chemical / substance may have to be withdrawn and if there's no viable substitute, then products could become obsolete altogether. However there may be exemptions to this providing they are used in proper places of operations (with proper safeguards under COSHH) and not by private individuals, or depending on the actual weight of the product as a single unit - Article XVII.
The European Chemicals Agency in Finland manage the REACh process throughout the EU to implement the legislation issued by Brussels.
FineCal is classed as a distributor and downstream user of articles (products that are manufactured from other base materials). This means that as a:-
- Distributor: we source from approved manufacturers / suppliers for our stock and direct delivery to customers. We undertake regular checks on products procured to ensure compliance by cross-referencing CAS codes as stated in product SDS.
- Downstreamer: we blend & mix colours to customer requirements on required shades - both in our Label printing process and Screen ink colour matching service. We utilise compliant ink ranges with thinning agents so not to alter the basic structure of an article and thus for it to remain compliant.
Of course, we expect our suppliers / manufacturers as well to question their own supply chains and review materials accordingly.
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further advice.