Category Archives: Quality

Taking Advantage of Summer Downtime with Equipment Inspections

While we’ve been seeing a surge in business over the past several years, summer tends to be a time when our customers need their equipment inspected . It’s a great time to consider scheduling field inspections over the next couple of months to make sure your equipment is in top shape.

Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of calls for field inspections due to equipment breakdowns and failures. While this is obviously a good reason to get things checked out, it’s a much better idea to get heavy equipment inspected before a breakdown occurs. Otherwise, your facility may be at a standstill during a peak season later on.

Hunter Lift Equipment
Lifting Device Inspections

We perform field inspection services for lifting devices for  all industries regularly. For all customers  we create a database to keep track of each lifting device so that nothing falls through the cracks. Depending on the use of the lifting device, we’ll classify each as Severe Service, Heavy Service, and Normal Service.

To properly inspect each device, we provide non-destructive testing on welds and ultrasonic testing on high stressed components in addition to general operational and visual testing and observations. The inspections are performed by engineers and a Level II technician from Hunter Lift. Generally one of our 3 to 4 member teams can inspect approximately 100 to 300 devices per day.

Once the inspections are complete, we’ll provide a final report based on the findings for each device, which includes photographs of the overall device and photographs of any damage. In addition a customer ID is set up for each device for future reference. Chronic problems and failures of equipment will be eliminated through identification and redesign of equipment components.

To learn more about our inspection services and capabilities, feel free to request information via our online form. You can also call us at 800-231-6501 to speak with a representative.

The Importance of Quality and ISO Certifications in Manufacturing

One thing that sets us apart is our commitment to quality and safety standards in manufacturing. But what does it really mean when a company says they’re committed to quality?

The International Organization for Standardization has been around since 1946 to coordinate international industrial standards. The organization as it’s recognized today, ISO, officially began operations in 1947.

ISO develops requirements and guidelines to ensure that products and processes meet a certain standard. Companies can request tests and inspections to certify that they adhere to a particular standard, though certification is actually provided by an outside assessor – not through ISO directly.

But what’s the whole purpose of following these standards and procedures? And why should buyers care if a company has been certified to adhere to ISO requirements?

It all comes down reliability. In order for a company to pass an audit, they need to be performing the same process the same way, every time. This leaves little to no room for error.

For custom equipment manufacturers, there needs to be a basic foundation in engineering concepts to ensure that things are done correctly, even if they’ve never technically been done before. The whole purpose of getting certified is that you want your customer to have the same results with every order. Customer satisfaction is a main driver for certification.

At Hunter Lift, we are currently certified for ISO 9001:2008, soon to be certified ISO 9001:2015. This particular standard focuses on quality management systems and can be applied to any type of organization. As a manufacturer of custom material handling equipment, it’s vital that our customers can trust our products, which are often used in heavy duty applications.

To learn more about our commitment to quality, feel free to call 1-800-231-6501 or email info@hunterlift.com.