Improving Quality Control with the Deming Cycle

Continuing our series on quality control systems, this blog post will focus on the system known as the Deming cycle.  Originally developed by Dr. W. Edwards Deming in the mid-1900’s, the Deming cycle is also known as the Shewhart cycle, the control circle or cycle, or plan-do-study-act (PDSA).
The Deming cycle is a four-step management method used in business for the quality control and continuous improvement of processes and products.  The system is used as the basis criteria for many quality control certificates, … Read more

Everything You Need to Know About Plastic Stamping

Craftech is pleased to announce that we now offer plastic stamping products.  But what is plastic stamping?  Read on to find out!
What is plastic stamping?
The plastic tamping process involves the utilization of a conventional or high-speed punch press of varying tonnages as well as a set of dies that enable a shape to be punched from a strip of extruded plastic sheet or other non-metallic substance.  … Read more

What is AS9100?

Craftech staff met with a consultant this week to learn about the qualification process for AS9100.  We began the certification process at the beginning of March.  This qualification process will build on the work we already did to become ISO 9001 certified.  In qualifying for AS9100, we will be proving that our products are high quality enough to be used in aviation and defense equipment.  Pretty exciting!  I’ll be sharing information with you, the reader, … Read more

Top 4 Chemical Resistant Plastics

Many common engineering applications call for fasteners made from chemical resistant plastics.  Not all plastics hold up well in extreme environments.  The engineer needs to be sure that his fasteners will last as long as the rest of his materials.  While you should always do testing to ensure that you make the right material for your specific application, there are certain chemical resistant plastics which tend to hold up well in most environments. … Read more

Why You ABSOLUTELY MUST TEST High Performance Plastics

Many customers come to Craftech with a need for fasteners made from high performance plastics that can stay strong even when exposed to multiple stress factors.  These stress factors include high and low temperatures, large torque or loads, and exposure to acidic or basic vapors, to name a few. While Craftech is always ready to provide guidance and support to engineers looking for the right high performance plastic, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of testing plastic parts in your application and environment.  … Read more