Category Archives: Quality Information

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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Coated O2 Sensor Bracket

How to Avoid Setting a New Part Up for Failure

When a manufacturing design engineer is developing a component, they are designing it to perform as intended in the field. Failure is not planned for because if there was a perceived threat of such during the design stage, it would be compensated for.

However, “failure” can constitute more than just a component malfunctioning or not performing in the field as intended…especially when a functional coating process is required.

For instance, would a part that requires 100% sorting after a coating operation – when that cost was not factored into the process – due to inadequate structural design be deemed a “failure” as well?  We think it would (read our white paper regarding this specific topic).

Manufacturing design engineers should be sure to consider some of the following when in development of a component that will require a post coating application process:

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Custom Coating Through the Eyes of an Intern

I am currently an engineering intern seeking to earn my degree next spring. I started working for the DECC Company in the beginning of 2016 and the only prior experience I had in the coating industry was when I used a can of peelable spray paint on my rims to cover up some rust spots.

In my brief one and half years at DECC, I can sum up what I’ve learned about the coating industry in three simple sentences: Continue reading Custom Coating Through the Eyes of an Intern

Tight Tolerances

Functional Coatings and Tight Tolerances: No Need to Worry About a Costly Redesign

Producing quality product within a specified tolerance is a battle that every manufacturer, in every industry, fights every day.

Design engineers have the task of determining how tight of a tolerance should be allowed when developing a part and usually operate in the mind set of “the tighter the better.” In some cases, unnecessarily tight tolerances just drive up the cost of a component unnecessarily, but that is a debate for a different day.

It is understood that a component designed to need a functional coating would have its tolerances accordingly compensated. However, if the component you’re dealing with Continue reading Functional Coatings and Tight Tolerances: No Need to Worry About a Costly Redesign

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Infographic: The True Cost of Dip-Spin vs Rack-Spray

Simply put: there are part geometries that lend themselves to a dip-spin coating process and those that do not.

In fact, even though DECC is a rack-spray facility, we will be the first to direct a customer to a dip-spin competitor when asked to quote a part that is suited for such an application. A rack-spray process can be two to three times more costly than a bulk process and, when it makes sense, we want our customers to take advantage of such pricing.

However, for part geometries that are not suited for dip-spin, quality and delivery issues quickly negate any “savings” when the true cost of processing is evaluated.

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Rack-Spray and the Dreaded “Bare Spot”: Don’t Let This Be a Deal Breaker

One of the fears associated with a rack-spray coating process is that, due to the part being “fixtured” and resting on a hook, the part will not have complete coverage. And without complete coverage, the functionality of the coating is in jeopardy.

It is technically true that there will be a “witness mark” where the part is held on the fixture.

However, in regards to the “functionality” aspect of the coating; it depends on what the customer’s perception of “in jeopardy” is.

For example, below is how a typical witness mark on all rack-sprayed parts would look like. For reference, the hole this was racked thru is 8.5mm in diameter.

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3D Printer Making Coating Mask

Need Coating in Some Areas and Not Others? Here are Five of the Most Common Masking Types

When needing a functional coating application, most components require complete coating coverage on the entirety of the part. When there are instances where this is not the case – such as cosmetic, fit or function implications – masking of certain areas of the part is necessary.

If an area of a part must be masked, there are a variety of options depending on component geometry, mask location and cure temp of the coating being applied.

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Use Your Coating Applicator for Preventative Care, not Urgent Care

Minus components exposed to the elements that will always need some sort of corrosion protection, applying a functional coating to an automotive component is something most OEMs would prefer to avoid as it adds cost and extra processing steps.

However, as with the case with component performance/warranty issues, these parts were designed with the intention of not needing a functional coating as a solution or it would have been specified to begin with.

This is where the Preventative Care/Urgent care analogy comes into place.

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