Quality is critical to our success: it is integral to and underpins all of our processes. We manage our activities and associated resources as a series of planned processes to produce the right assembly, at the right time and with minimum wastage.
Our individual processes are structured into a documented quality management system, known as our business management system (BMS), which meets the requirements for BS EN 9001:2015. We are committed to the continuous improvement of the products and services we provide, whilst also driving forward the effectiveness of our BMS.
Our management team drives compliance with all statutory, regulatory, legislative and contractual requirements — and we provide an internal environment in which our people are fully involved in achieving our quality objectives.
EMS always offers automated optical inspection (AOI) of all SMT components and production batches — including component package recognition, part number check and solder joint inspection. Inspection is carried out to IPC-A-610 Class 2 as standard, with Class 3 available on request.
Quality is integral to all our processes and is critical to our success. The key elements of our approach to Quality are based on the following principles:
We depend on our customers and are committed to supplying a superior-quality service. We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations.
The Board of Directors drives compliance with all statutory, regulatory, legislative and contractual requirements. We provide an internal environment in which our people are fully involved in achieving our quality objectives.
We aim to recruit and retain highly motivated, competent people. Business performance is regularly communicated internally via notices, newsletters and company meetings. People are our most important resource and we encourage full involvement to develop their abilities for the good of the wider team and them as an individual.
We manage our activities and associated resources as a series of planned processes to produce the right assembly, at the right time and with minimal wastage. Our individual processes are structured into a documented Quality Management System — referred to by us as the Business Management System (BMS) — which meets the requirements for BS EN 9001:2015. The BMS is available via a single access point, so that the latest forms and procedures are always available.
We are committed to the continuous improvement of the products and services we provide whilst also driving forward the effectiveness of our Business Management System. We set clear quality objectives and monitor our progress towards our goals. Utilisation of 8D for improvement and corrective actions is standard.
We measure our performance in key activities and use the data to make informed and effective decisions on how we can continuously improve.
An organisation and its clients, suppliers and collaborative business partners are interdependent. We seek to develop mutually beneficial relationships to improve quality, which then leads to greater reliability, enhanced services and increased efficiency. New Product Introduction (NPI) is a key first step in understanding customer and product requirements, which puts quality at the start of the relationship process.
ISO 9001:2015 is a globally recognised standard which helps companies develop a Quality Management System (QMS). The system supports companies to;
- Meet customer quality requirements.
- Improve operational processes.
- Reduce lead times.
- Produce high quality services and products.
On the 25th June 2018 EMS was awarded its ISO 9001:2015 certificate, issued by Intertek Certification Limited.
A copy of this certificate can be downloaded from the following link.
IPC standards provide customers with a clear benchmark for acceptability of Electronic Assemblies, broken down into classes. As standard, EMS produces all assemblies to Class 2 —with Class 3 available on demand to suit customer requirements.
EMS staff members are trained as Certified IPC Specialists, provided by STEM Training.
As part of EMS’ commitment to continuous improvement and quality, we certify staff to IPC-A-610 (Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies). This standard provides:
- An industry-developed and approved program;
- Training, certification and instructional materials based;
- A certification which demonstrates commitment to customer requirements and greatly assists any company dedicated to ISO-9000 or other quality assurance initiatives.
As part of EMS’ commitment to continuous improvement and quality, EMS certifies staff to IPC J-STD-001 (Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies). This standard provides:
- Industry-developed and approved hands-on solder training;
- A certification program that helps to enhance employee skills and performance;
- Individuals with a portable credential that recognises their soldering skills and understanding of this internationally recognised standard.
In addition, if your company uses J-STD-001 — or is considering its adoption — you can use the certification program to address the standard’s training requirement.
As part of EMS’ commitment to continuous improvement and quality, EMS certifies staff to IPC/WHMA-A-620 (Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies).
This standard provides acceptability criteria for crimped, mechanically secured and soldered interconnection and the corresponding lacing/restraining criteria associated with cable and harness assemblies.
All products supplied by Electronics Manufacturing Solutions Limited (EMS) comply with the substance restrictions of the Restriction on Hazardous Substances Directive 2015/863/EU (RoHS 3).
This statement certifies that Electronic Manufacturing Solutions Limited (EMS) products do not, to the best of its knowledge, contain substances in excess of the Maximum Concentration Value (MCV) as outlined in the directive RoHS 2015/863/EU in force June 4, 2015.
The information provided in this document and disclosure is correct to the best of Electronic Manufacturing Solutions Ltd (EMS) knowledge, information and belief at the date of its release.
EMS’ products (assemblies) are classified as articles that are not intended to release substances under normal or foreseeable conditions of use. Therefore, we are not directly required to register the substances used in their manufacture. However, we do recognise the REACH regulation requires us to communicate with our supply chain in order to ensure our products are compliant.
To the best of our knowledge, all of the articles supplied by EMS are compliant with REACH EC1907/2006 & ECHA/PR/18/11 and do not contain any substances of very high concern (SVHCs).
EMS’ policy regarding the ‘Conflict Minerals from Democratic Republic of Congo’ Dodd-Frank Act.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted rules which require publicly traded organisations to disclose the use of conflict minerals annually to the SEC.
As a UK company, EMS does not report to the SEC, is not a publicly traded organisation and does not manufacture or contract to manufacture as defined by the regulations. Our business activities are, therefore, not in scope — although we recognise our customers may be required to file reports with the SEC dependent upon their location and the nature of their business.
At this time, we do not have a full picture of conflict minerals in the components EMS supplies on its assemblies and when we have made enquiries with vendors, many are currently reporting that the articles they supply are ‘undetermined’ within the meaning of the regulations.
EMS supports the objectives of the regulations and will endeavour to provide further information to our customers as it becomes available.
EMS realises it has a responsibility to control its environmental impact — for the environment itself as well as the associated benefits of employee awareness and overall efficiency improvements for EMS.
EMS has and will continue to reduce its environmental impact by:
- Recycling wherever possible, including office paper where used, supplier packaging, materials from foodstuffs such as drinks bottles and paper towels;
- Reducing unnecessary printing of documents through employee awareness and education;
- Energy reduction by making employees aware of the implications and impact of poor energy usage and the associated benefits to the environment;
- Ensuring hazardous materials are disposed of accordingly, where applicable.
EMS is not currently certified to ISO 14001 and does not run an environmental management system at this time. However, EMS realises and accepts the benefits that such a system could provide. EMS will continue to work to reduce its environmental impact and assess the appropriate time to review this status in the future.
Electrostatic Discharge is the rapid movement of a charge from one object to another. When this occurs, it is known as an ESD event.
Without the correct controls to protect sensitive electronics, an ESD event can cause significant damage — which may not be seen or discovered until weeks or months after the event.
EMS has two internal ESD Coordinators who are trained in accordance with ESD S20:20 & BS-EN-61340 standards. Support and training are carried out by the quality department which:
- Audits the ESD facility;
- Maintains and develops the ESD control programme;
- Provides internal employee training.
All of EMS’ employees are trained by the quality department, with the audit programme being reviewed and developed to reflect the evolving and developing setup of EMS.
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