QUALITY | PRECISION | REPEATABILITY | EXPERTISE
We understand the critical nature of quality control and systems in the manufacturing process. Our team of experts provide comprehensive quality measures, backed by multiple certifications, to ensure compliance with all specified requirements.
Vip's quality department has been extensively trained to become a trusted resource to perform all levels of quality control. As a leader in rubber and plastic manufacturing, we are the first choice for customers who need to meet stringent quality
A company dedicated to quality assurance, Vip successfully maintains the following quality sytems: AS9100, ITAR and ISO 9001:2008. Vip is also a Boeing approved supplier, offering several of the BMS specifications. Our commitment to our customers is to ensure proper control throughout the manufacturing process, from start to finish, so customer's requirements are met every time.
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First Article Inspection
First Article Inspection (FAI) is an inspection performed on a part prior to beginning full production. Vip will create several pre-production pieces of a customer’s part and perform an in-depth evaluation to verify that all engineering, design and specification requirements are correctly understood, accounted for, verified and recorded. The inspection will also confirm that, as a supplier, our material, tooling, processes, documentation, and personnel can reliably and consistently produce a part that meet the customer’s requirement throughout the production process. Once it is determined that the part is ready for customer approval, the FAI, along with the physical part, will be shipped to the customer for approval. Once approved, Vip will move into the production phase and fulfill the order.
Please note that lead time for production begins after a first article is approved by the customer. For more information on lead times, please click here.
First article inspection reports are extremely detailed, but are a very important part of the process. Some of the key components considered in an inspection are dimensional and cavity measurements, specification requirements, and design characteristics.
Due to the fact that a FAI is primarily concerned with proving repeatability, it is not necessary to perform this inspection beyond the first production run unless something significant has changed dimensionally, such as new or modified tooling. Vip provides a FAI with each new order that requires one, however due to the labor intensive nature of this process, if a FAI is required on a re-order, there will be a minimum $350 charge applied to the order. The cost will be quoted at time of re-order and will depend on the complexity of the part.
Material testing is available for customers - typical, standard and lot testing. Typical testing is available at no charge, standard testing is $150 and the price of full lot testing depends on each individual part.
AS9102 First Article Inspection
AS9102 FAI is available when required. The cost for this detailed test depends upon the complexity and dimensions of the part, as well as the number of parts required for the AS9102 FAI report. Talk to your customer service rep for more information. Please request testing at the time of quoting and/or ordering.
Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) Report
A Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) is available to customers if required. This is not part of the standard reporting procedure due to it’s complex nature. A PPAP (level 1-3) will range in cost, and time required to complete the test, depending on which level test is needed. Talk to your customer service rep for more information. Please request a PPAP at time of quoting and/or ordering.
Vip is qualified to the BMS 1-52, BMS 1-57, BMS 1-62, BMS 1-72 and BMS 1-74 material specs. We are a Boeing approved supplier.
Statistical Process Control (SPC)
Statistical Process Control (SPC) is a method of quality control which uses statistical methods. SPC is an industry-standard procedure that can measure and control quality during the manufacturing process. The goal of SPC is to create an environment that operates at its full potential. Vip is using SPC implementation to reduce waste, variability and scrap; to improve productivity; adjust in real-time to process changes and quickly make decisions without disruption in the manufacturing process.
Quality Certifications & Strengths
Vip is a certified AS9100 company (with ISO9001). We are also EAR/ITAR registered and compliant. We are a Boeing approved facility with Statistical Process Control (SPC) capabilities. We also have approvals from Northrop Grumman and Parker/Racor, just to name a few. Count on Vip's quality assurance department to provide the expertise and careful attention to detail that will make your job a success.