Teams developed to minimize supply-chain disruptions and protect against production shutdowns
(TÜV Rheinland of North America: Newton, CT) -- TÜV Rheinland’s Industrial Services has introduced a new emergency rapid-response service called Containment Emergency Response Team (CERT). This specialized team has been assembled to quickly minimize original equipment manufacturers (OEM) production disruptions when out-of-specification products have entered the supply chain.
The CERT team is comprised of certified inspectors who are readily deployable nationally and internationally to respond to suspected quality issues throughout the supply chain. Using nondestructive testing techniques, the team provides rapid on-location inspection, sorting, and containment services to quickly minimize the likelihood of faulty products causing production shutdowns.
“While adhering to JIT and lean manufacturing principles can lower production costs, the necessitated minimal inventory volumes can magnify the cost of faulty products entering the supply chain,” says Mark Forbes, laboratory sales manager for TÜV Rheinland Industrial Services. “Often, a product defect is not discovered until well after the part is already on trailers, in transit, on the customer’s floor, or in assembled products on vehicles. Our team can travel to where the suspect products are located to provide on-site inspection, sorting, and containment services to minimize possible production disruptions.”
Continues Forbes, “As the recent Japanese earthquake and tsunami have shown, it can only take one missing component to quickly bring an entire production line to a halt. Our CERT service can be thought of as the paramedics for the industrial world, quickly getting to the scene and applying on-site services to keep the production line moving.”
CERT inspectors are ASNT-TC-1A-qualified and use procedures from A2LA 17025:2005 laboratory accreditations. They are qualified in both laboratory and field services. TÜV Rheinland Industrial Services is a Tier 1 nondestructive testing (NDT) service provider to General Motors and performs inspections on parts for almost every auto manufacturer. The company is accredited to test to the Pressure Equipment Directive and has inspectors that can test to the European NDT standard EN473.
Both laboratory and field-based inspection services are available in multiple industries, including chemical, petrochemical, power generation, food processing, pulp and paper mills, and general manufacturing. In addition, services are available to government agencies, storage facilities, architectural and engineering companies and education facilities.
TÜV Rheinland Industrial Services provides inspection services using a variety of inspection techniques including visual, real-time X-ray, computed and film radiography, and eddy current as well as hardness, magnetic particle, ultrasonic, and liquid penetrant testing. In addition to its on-location capabilities, TÜV Rheinland’s Industrial Services maintains centrally located laboratories in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Alabama.