Frequently Asked Questions

What is ISO 9001?

ISO 9001:2000 is an international standard related to quality management, applicable to any organization from all types of business sectors and activities. It is based on eight quality management principles (all fundamental to good business practice):
– Customer focus
– Leadership
– Involvement of people
– Process approach
– System approach to management
– Continual improvement
– Fact based decision-making
– Mutually beneficial supplier relationships

What is ISO 14001?

ISO 14001:2004 is a part of a series of international standards applicable to any organization, anywhere relating to environmental management. Based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, ISO 14001:2004 specifies the most important requirements to identify, control and monitor the environmental aspects of any organization, and also how to manage and improve the whole system.

What is RoHS?

The Restrictions of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2002/95/EC), commonly referred to as RoHS or “Lead Free” legislation was drafted by the European Parliament and applies to certain electrical and electronic equipment sold in the member states of the EU. It virtually eliminates the use of six hazardous substances from the manufacturing process.

What is the WEEE Directive?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive is intended to promote the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment and their components at end of life. In so doing, the directive aims to reduce the volume or waste amassing in European landfills which are leaching hazardous chemicals into groundwater supplies creating a potential hazard to wildlife, agriculture and human habitation. The WEEE directive encourages environmentally responsible practices among all those involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic products.

What is the ELV Directive?

The EC directive on End-of-Life vehicles (ELVs) aims to reduce, or prevent, the amount of waste produced from ELVs and increase the recovery and recycling of ELVs that do arise.

What is Alocrom and non-chromate Iridite NCP?

Both processes are conversion coatings of aluminium. It is a surface treatment which adds a protective, anti-corrosive layer to components manufactured from Aluminium and it’s alloys. It is primarily used in the aerospace and defence industries. A major benefit of using this finish is that the aluminium remains conductive and an excellent key for paint.

What is Passivation (Zinc Plating)?

Passivation is added to the Zinc electroplate to delay the onset of white corrosion products. Zinc in it’s nature is a sacrificial coating and will sacrifice itself to protect the substrate metal. The different types of passivation (clear, yellow olive or black) each have different corrosion values. The customer must specify which passivation treatment is required for any particular application. The differing corrosion values can be seen on the technical data page on this website. Please note, the difference between white and red corrosion values will be proportional to thickness of the Zinc electroplate).

What is Powder Coating?

Powder coating is the application of a dry, powdered coating on the surface of your parts. The parts are given an electrostatic charge and the powder is given the opposite electrostatic charge. When the dry powder is sprayed, it clings to every nook and cranny of the part. This is then fused to the surface (cured) in a temperature-controlled oven and the powder ‘melts’ over the part to form a hard, protective, coating.

There are five major types of powder: Epoxy, Hybrid, Aromatic Urethane, Aliphatic Urethane, and TGIC Polyesters. Each of these powders has different performance characteristics. Powder coatings come in a wide variety of colours and textures and offers a highly durable scratch and chemical resistant finish. It also provides excellent corrosion protection.

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