It is the Policy of Welded Tubes, Inc. to supply defect-free products and services to all internal and external customers. Quality will not be sacrificed for cost or schedule. It is the requirement of employees to continuously improve each process that he or she controls. It is the desire that every customer will be delighted with each of our products and services.
Quality is a way of life at Welded Tubes, Inc. There are a number of primary quality points that we develop our employees to be experts at.
- Surface Finish: A smooth surface on the tube makes it easier and less expensive to chrome plate.
- Scratches: Scratches are the major cause of customer unhappiness.
- End Conditioning: After a tube is cut to the designed length, it is deburred or chamfered through a process called "End Conditioning". Proper End Conditioning is vital to make our product usable.
- Dimensional Tolerance: The right size, length, diameter, thickness, etc. are very important.
- Rust: Better known as the "R" word and we see it, it doesn't ship period.
We are proudly IATF 16949:2016. Click to view our certificate of registration.
Our Quality System Includes:
- SPC (Statistical Process Control)
- Pre-Control Charting
- 8D Problem Solving Analysis
- PPAP (Pre Production Approval Process)
- FMEA (Potential Failure Mode Effects Analysis)
- Control Plans
- MSA (Measurement Systems Analysis)
- APQP (Advanced Product Quality Planning)
- DOE (Design of Experiments Analysis)
Preventive Maintenance Practices for Equipment and Tooling
Preventive maintenance schedules for all machines have been established and are under constant scrutiny to improve machine set-up and operating reliability. Tooling that produces and costs welded steel tubing is monitored for excessive wear and maintained to ensure consistent dimensional control and surface quality thus reducing costs related to unnecessary scrap and downtime.
Operator Training Practices
Training programs for all operating positions have been developed by both supervisors and employees to ensure consistent and reliable operating and quality performances by all employees.
Training includes classroom, computer, and machine "hands on" time so that all employees are fully versed on quality and production control functions as well as becoming experts in running their machines.
Workplace Environment Practices
WTI is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all of its employees as it adheres to current OSHA and EPA regulations. There is a plant wide Safety Committee which monitors the production floor for unsafe working conditions and works as a liaison for suggesting and implementing safety improvements.
These preventative measures and compliance with Bureau Workers Compensation initiatives help control workman's compensation insurance costs.