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About Kathy

Kathy has a BSBA from Aquinas College and over 25 years of automotive industry experience in the material and quality arena. Starting out in material control and eventually promoted to the General Supervisor of Supplier Quality, Kathy has worked for General Motors, Delphi, Lear and has been the Quality Manager at DECC since 2009.

DECC's ISO 9001:2015 QMS Manual

The Impact of the New ISO 9001:2015 Standard: Part 2

Last week we covered what the three most impactful changes to an organization would be when certifying to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard. This post is geared towards its application in automotive manufacturing.

Applying ISO 9001:2015 Standards to Automotive Manufacturing

The ISO standards are deliberately general so that they can be applied to businesses in every industry. However, that adds complexity when it comes to incorporating the ISO 9001:2015 standards in automotive manufacturing.

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DECC's ISO 9001:2015 QMS Manual

The Impact of the New ISO 9001:2015 Standard: Part 1

Thriving companies know that producing a quality product is the only reliable path to success. Most are well-versed in the International Organization for Standardization’s detailed program for incorporating quality throughout the business.

After three years of diligent work, experts around the world created a revised version of the ISO 9001:2008 requirements: ISO 9001:2015. Certified companies were permitted three years to upgrade their certificates, and by September 2018, all businesses will be operating at a new level of excellence.

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Battery Bolts

How a Rack-Spray Process Audits Your Parts

Utilizing a rack-spray coating application for your components as opposed to a dip-spin method has many obvious benefits, such as a much more consistent and quality finish or less fallout due to damaged parts and coating defects, among others.

However, one overlooked benefit of a rack-spray process is usually not realized by our customers until the first time we call and tell them they have an issue in their process and we have received defective parts.

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Fischerscope used for measuring coating thickness

The Three C’s: Coverage, Cure & Cross Hatch

Customers often ask us technical performance questions about the coatings DECC applies. Will the coating pass this test or that? Will it reach this many hours in salt spray? Can it withstand this temperature? Depending on the coating, our answer is usually some variation of “it should…”

This may seem like a cop out. Why won’t we stand behind or guarantee a coating’s performance? As DECC is only a coating applicator, we do not manufacture the coating. Magni, Doerken, Dow, Henkel, etc, design and produce their coatings to meet certain performance characteristics. They tell us what their coatings will do. As long as DECC applies the coatings per the manufacturer’s process recipe, they should exhibit all the performance attributes of which they were designed.

So how do we ensure that the coatings are applied correctly? With the three C’s: coverage, cure and cross hatch.

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DECC's Quality Inspection Area

Dyne Testing for Surface Cleanliness

What is Dyne testing?

Our last blog detailed the various methods of which to prep a part substrate prior to the application of coating to ensure performance. When the prep method is mechanical, a visual inspection can verify that the prep was done adequately (a blasted surface should exhibit a “frosty” appearance).

However, we are often asked by customers how we verify a clean surface after our chemical prep process. As a quick and easy measurement for part cleanliness and surface tension, DECC utilizes Dyne test inks.

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