Commitment to quality by H V Wooding
It’s no exaggeration to say that the quality and exactness of precision components can mean the difference between life and death, or a company making and losing millions of pounds.
Sectors as diverse as the medical and surgical industries, renewable energy companies, the motorsport industry and the aviation industry can’t afford to make mistakes in prototyping or manufacture. The major names across these industries and others are select in the companies they work with. If your business requires precision manufacture of the highest calibre, you can rely on H V Wooding – a name that that the largest brands trust. Our focus on quality, customer service and innovation are just some of the reasons companies such as Schneider Electric, Honeywell, Rolls Royce and GE Renewables have worked with us for over 40 years.
As a customer-focused business operating in a highly competitive marketplace, we recognise the need for continuous improvement and innovative ideas. HV Wooding are delighted to be reaccredited to the ISO9001:2015 and 14001:2015. We have also implemented internal management systems, developing our own unique Buffer Management System to enhance manufacturing performance and delivery.
This revolutionary system improves every aspect of our manufacturing services, from operations to production control and sales. It enables us to schedule all manufacturing operations in line with priority loading systems and determines quickly what lead times we can offer customers.
Live data capture
Buffer management, combined with our shop floor data capture system, gives us the ability to inform you, more or less immediately, precisely where your product is at any point during the manufacturing cycle.
Higher delivery standards
To help us achieve and maintain our outstanding delivery performance, we also use an innovative management practice called Theory of Constraints*. This enables us to pinpoint and eliminate any constraints that may adversely affect service levels.
Our state-of-the-art metrology department is equipped with advanced CNC co-ordinate measuring machines and computerised SPC equipment that enhance our ability to guarantee the highest quality products. Adoption of modern manufacturing techniques, such as LEAN, FMEAs and PPAP helps us maintain sustainable improvement throughout our production and business processes and ensures consistent component quality.
Our policy of ongoing investment and diversification enables us to respond quickly and cost-effectively to customers’ changing needs and to continue to provide the type of quality components and customer service required in modern-day manufacturing.
To ensure continuity of Quality products supplied by H V Wooding, there are several key stages that are addressed:
This is the first contact between the customer and H V Wooding, where the experienced Sales team evaluate the nature of the enquiry, against the manufacturing capabilities, compliance to the specifications called for, capacity restraints, short lead time and very competitive quote.
On successful acceptance of a purchase order, the drawings, Purchase Order and all associated documentation are submitted into a 4-stage cross departmental review.
Of the contract and all contractual obligations incumbent on H V Wooding.
That all requirements of the drawing can be adhered, from material supply to manufacturing processes, to identify any additional tooling or special processes and propose as appropriate.
- Check drawing tolerances and specifications and confirm that these can be met and evaluated using current Inspection equipment, or source to respond to the requirements.
- Review all Quality related documentation for compliance – Purchase Order requirements, specifications, Supplier Quality manual, First off, PPAP, AQL and packaging details.
- Identify the need for Quality Schedules, Special Packing Method documentation and any other documentation that would assist compliance of product during production.
- Establish contact with the customer SQE to gain a greater understanding of the application of supplied parts and any previously raised quality related concerns in product of a similar nature.
Establish timings and scheduling in line with agreed delivery date.
Production integral quality
Once supplied material is available to the production teams and the scheduled commencement has been reached, a First off at each stage of the process is peer checked, then submitted to Quality Control for evaluation.
When the evaluated unit has passed the QC Inspection, batch production begins on that operation, subject to ISIR, PPAP, as required by the customer on new parts supplied and\or batch control according to AQL requirements, as specified.
Final inspection and despatch
After all operations have been completed the product is then submitted for Final Inspection by Quality Control and passed to Despatch for shipment. A Certificate of Conformity is a customer option at this point to supply with the goods, on despatch.
Despatch work to the Special Packing Method or standard process of evaluating packing requirement, to ensure receipt of conforming product at the customer facility.
All goods are packaged securely, and photographs taken, as parts are in their final shipment container and after the container is closed.
Feedback and continued improvement
After the goods are received by the customer, feedback is sought to help H V Wooding to grow our understanding of each individual customer expectations.
We can then better ascertain that which we are excelling at and improve on that which we are not, in our journey of continuing improvement, with the aim of surpassing customers’ expectations.
Accreditations & Memberships
In order to support the variety of activity and business sectors we have developed our own “Integrated Management System” which incorporates all of our ISO and OHSAS accreditations. This is further enhanced by individual customer audits and approvals. Our objective is to meet all customer demands through the use of flexible and dynamic production and quality systems.
CBM – Confederation of British Metalforming
As a member of the CBM, we get to share our best practice with the industry through conferences, seminars and market sector-based events. Being a member means you can feel confident in knowing you are using an approved Metalforming supplier.
SMMT – The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
As a member of the SMMT, we are an approved supplier of the automotive industry
Fit For Nuclear
We are members of Fit 4 Nuclear which is led by its industrial members, for the benefit of all in the UK supply chain. Members come from across the UK civil nuclear manufacturing supply chain, from major corporates to SMEs.
British Safety Council
As a member of British Safety Council we are committed to keeping people safe and healthy at work.