FineCal's systems - fully certified to ISO9001:2015.
Quality is paramount: our objective is to achieve all elements "RIGHT 1st TIME".
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 0.15%.
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 recent audit was both thorough and especially rewarding as the auditor raised neither corrective actions nor observations.
Just click, on our downloadable pdf Group Quality Profile Pack. Here you can see our policies including Ethical, Organisational chart, ISO certificate (ISO9001:2015) and Approvals 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.
Chemicals defined by RoHS are:-
- Hexavalent Chromium
- Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB)
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) flame retardants
End products covered by RoHS (non-exhaustive list) are:-
- Large or Small household appliances
- IT and telecommunications equipment
- Consumer equipment
- Electrical and electronic tools (not large scale stationary industrial tools)
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment
- Automatic dispensers
REACh (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) is a system that has replaced many EU directives & regulations (EC 1907/2006) in order to highlight those substances (links to the ECHA website) that are classed as severe. The latest release came into effect 27th June 2018 and now numbers 191 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 to 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.
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). 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 coding stated in article's SDS.
- Downstreamer: we blend & mix colours to customer requirements on hues - both in our Label printing process and Screen ink colour matching service. We utilise compliant ink ranges with related thinning agents and thus do not alter the basic structure maintaining compliance to REACh legislation.
Of course, we expect our suppliers / manufacturers to question their own supply chains and review materials accordingly.
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