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Why is ISO Important: How ISO standards benefit organizations

In taking a long look around the manufacturing community it becomes apparent very quickly that many businesses deeply value ISO certifications. Companies across all industries proudly tout registration licenses on their websites and hang certificates on the walls of conference rooms. The questions this naturally leads to is “Why?”. Is it just a membership that …

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Compliance vs Conformance: Understanding the Relationship to Standard

Every business has rules to follow, sometimes self-imposed, sometimes related to regulatory requirements, certifications or legal obligations. Understanding and communicating these rules effectively can often be the lynch-pin in ensuring a company remains free of entanglements. The first step in understanding these differences begins with compliance and conformance. Conformance is what a company commits itself …

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The Value of Lessons Learned; Paying the Information Forward

Everyone in industry talks about “lessons learned” and are quick to remind each other of the importance of documenting those lessons and keeping them tucked away for the next go around. When the surface of the topic is scratched however, it becomes obvious in many cases that ‘lessons learned’ is a catchphrase with little meat …

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When is a process a process?

The importance of not over-documenting or encumbering employees in the name of Quality. With a growing drive for “quality systems” there is a lot of talk about ‘process’ in industry today. Ongoing discussions about how to define, optimize and document processes happen in every office and around every coffee machine. Accompanying these discussions is a …

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SXR Undulator Installation at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Congratulations to the teams from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab on the successful installation of all 21 SXR undulators into the undulator hall. Keller Technology is proud to be a key supplier for both SXR and HXR undulators for the Linac Coherent Light Source-II (LCLS-II) project at SLAC. Funded by the US …

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Know Thyself: The Importance of Understanding Your Internal Quality System

Does your company have a quality system? Are you sure? If you have an ISO certification like 9001 or a similar compliance standard offered by an organization like the Society of Automotive Engineers, you almost certainly have a Quality system in place. Even in the absence of those certificates, most successful companies have some sort …

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Vacuum System Leak Detection

Leaks in a vacuum system can be defined as an undesired gas flow and may be proven to exist as well as pinpointed for repair by applying leak detection techniques. When assessing vacuum system performance, leaks can be a frustrating aspect of operations. There are several classes of leaks: True leaks – cracks or holes …

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Types of Vacuum Pumps

When designing your vacuum system, one of the most important choices you need to make is the type of pump(s) you’ll use. When designing your vacuum system, you want a pump that will remove gas particles, not introduce contaminants, and not affect its surroundings by introducing stray electric or magnetic fields. Ideally, pumps should be …

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Critical Infrastructure – The Care and Feeding of Suppliers

Ever have a supplier miss a deadline? Was it a big one? What did it cost you? Supplier failures are an all-too-common fact of business, and as easy as it may be to villainize suppliers for failures, sometimes it is simply out of their control. Shipments stuck in customs, logistics hang-ups, and mis-entered purchase orders …

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Vacuum System Pretreatment and Cleaning

Achieving the ultimate pressure of a vacuum system is greatly affected by the amount of gases or vapors contained within the system. To improve initial pumping efficiency following assembly or maintenance activities, outgassing can be reduced by properly pretreating the components within the system. The higher the ultimate pressure specification, the greater the need for …

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Keller ISO Quality Management Certifications
Buffalo: ISO 9001
Buffalo: ISO 9001
Charlotte: ISO 9001, ISO 13485
Charlotte: ISO 9001, ISO 13485