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Customer Certifications


  • Caterpillar’s 7 Steps to Weld Excellence Program

SMF management and production personnel understand that we need to deliver the quality products that our customers expect and deserve. Here are just a few steps that we follow to ensure this:

  • Quality concerns are discussed during new product development
  • In-process inspections are done by line inspectors
  • All pack and ship areas include a full-time final inspector to review products before shipment
  • Daily dock audits are performed to assure that final inspectors are properly performing their duties
  • All inspections and dock audits are documented, categorized and Pareto created to aid in root cause analysis and corrective action

We also use metrics boards to communicate company goals and track our progress as well as a continuous improvement board to track improvement suggestions and actions that have been taken.

SMF also employs multiple controls and processes to ensure quality in each project:

  • 2- Portable CMMs with 12’ inspection envelope
  • An NDI Opto-Trak laser with a portable CMM 18’ envelope
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Ultrasonic Weld Inspection Capability
  • Mag Particle Inspection Capability
  • Die Penetrate Inspection