Azonix Operational Excellence and Quality Assurance
Azonix technology goes through rigorous, multi-stage design and testing processes to create top-of-the-industry products for mission-critical operations. Once a design has passed these tests, production in our factory is vigorously regulated for consistent, dependable quality.
Op-Ex principles are our foundation and our core building blocks in everything we do. Lean Manufacturing principles are used in the entire lifecycle of the product from design to order entry to production, shipping and after sales service. We use kaizen events as our core methodology for continuous improvements. These events are focused improvement projects with cross functional teams dedicated to developing and implementing a solution to a defined problem in 5 days or less.
We utilize Key Performance Indicators (KPls) to monitor the overall business on a daily basis. We also have KPls for every key function from design to order entry to a production cell to kanban systems. These metrics are posted prominently and reviewed on a daily basis as an integral part of our PDCA (Plan Do Check Act) based real time quality assessment system. Any deviations from the target are analyzed via Pareto charts and problem solving tools are deployed to drive corrective action and improvement.
Dedicated Production Cells
The production cell is at the core of our Lean Manufacturing System. All materials, information and tools are available at the point of use and dedicated supply chain and engineering resources are assigned to cells to ensure maximum cell uptime.
Quality Management System
Azonix is certified to ISO 9001:2008 and has been certified to ISO 9000 since 1996. We are also certified to AS 9100 at all our locations.
As part of our OA system, we have an extensive Supply Chain Management System. Our approach covers:
- Selection of new suppliers
- Monitoring of OTD and quality levels of existing suppliers.
- Supplier scorecards and rating
- First Article Inspection for new suppliers / new part / modification to parts
- Non conforming material review
- Joint continuous improvement initiatives with suppliers
Azonix customers expect a quality product that performs in harsh and rugged environments. To meet these expectations Azonix has implemented a quality assurance program which includes ISO 9001 and AS 9100. Vendor qualification and regular quality performance monitoring is posted through our visual performance system which includes Key Performance Indicators.
Azonix has experienced a great deal of success in qualifying to the rigorous shock and vibration requirements in both MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-167E, and MIL-STD-901D. Our designs are modeled in finite element analysis tools to validate the response prior to formal qualification.
Our design review process ensures that the materials, tolerances, and manufacturing practices will produce the highest reliability in our products. This fact is validated during our prototyping and testing phase. In addition, reliability predictions are made in accordance to MIL-HDBK-217. The design team's focus on MTBF iscritical in the design process. Our product development process includes 5 Gate reviews where peers and cross-functional teams evaluate the development effort. Finally, in addition to in-house testing, we use certified third-party labs to validate that the designs meet all safety, ruggedization, and military standards required.