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Chris Passanante
By Chris Passanante
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 13:24

2013 was a great year for Elite Plastics and it’s exciting to look back on everything that happened. As we start off the New Year, let’s take a few moments to look back on the highlights for 2013.

Boeing QPL - We started off the 2013 with the announcement that we qualified for The Boeing Company Qualified Processors List for the injection of thermoplastic parts. After receiving AS9100C quality management system certification in December of 2012, we were very excited to be added to the Boeing QPL.

John Deere Supplier Innovation Award - In March, GM Nameplate received a John Deere Innovation Award. GMN has been supplying John Deere with the integration or ruggedized display assemblies for their commercial tractors since 2009. At Elite Plastics, a division of GM Nameplate, we produce the plastic housings for the touch screen displays.

New Plastics Machining Equipment - In 2012, we grew our plastics machining capabilities with the addition of new equipment. The new capability was such a success that in 2013 we upgraded our equipment. Our new machine is a computer automated vertical machining center with top of the line extras. Plastic machining is an area of great growth for us – we are currently serving customers in nearly every industry!

AS9100C First Surveillance Audit - After receiving our certification in 2012, we had our first surveillance audit in October 2013. We were pleased to announce that our audit was successful.

New Trick Pad Printer - In 2012, we purchased a new Mircroprint CNC-Controlled Pad printer. This machine is capable of multiple pad printing hits, in various colors and locations on a part, in one single set up. While this equipment was purchased in 2012, it was an important part of our 2013 efficiencies and growth.

New Paint Line - We haven’t posted about our new paint line yet, but in 2013 we installed a new paint line with robot paint station and inline oven. This new equipment will help us better serve our customers and provide the highest quality of decorated plastic parts.

CMM - Last year we also purchased a coordinate measuring machine to support the accuracy of our injection molding for close tolerance product lines. The equipment offers both Vision and Touch Probe capability for the assurance of quality dimensional data reporting. Expect a more detailed post about our new equipment and what this means for our customers soon.

Overall, 2013 was a great year for all of us at Elite plastics. We are looking forward to many more exciting events in 2014.

Dan Thurmond
By Dan Thurmond
Monday, November 25, 2013 - 12:27

In December 2012, Elite Plastics received its AS9100C Quality System certification. Last month, Elite Plastics successfully underwent its first surveillance audit since receiving certification. AS9100 certification verifies that our Quality Management Systems (QMS) meets the requirements of the international quality standard established for the Aerospace industry.

AS9100C is based on ISO 9001:2008; the international quality system certification which is held by all of GM Nameplate’s US divisions and is recognized worldwide. AS9100C has additional requirements for customers specifically in the Aerospace industry. However, Elite Plastics applies the higher quality requirements of AS9100 to all our customers across all the industries we serve.

“We are pleased to have succeeded in our first surveillance audit since attaining AS9100C certification last year,” says GMN’s Corporate Quality Director, Martin Espinola. “We sought AS9100 certification for our plastics division, [Elite Plastics,] in order to better serve our long time aerospace customers.”

In addition to AS9100C quality system certification, Elite Plastics’ quality management system is ISO 9001:2008 certified and ITAR compliant. To learn more about all of our quality system and manufacturing certification’s please visit the resources section of the GM Nameplate website.