Viking Plastics is IATF 16949:2016, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015 registered.
We are dedicated to creating a culture embracing lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, and leading-edge technology to ensure product/process control. Instilling discipline and documentation to follow ISO/TS guidelines proves quality assurance is a main priority at Viking Plastics.
Quality is our guarantee. All of our team members are steadfast in their commitment to stakeholder’s satisfaction and demonstrate this commitment by exceeding our customers’ requirements.
Building quality products is truly a never-ending process. It starts with equipment and processes that are specifically designed to maintain stringent parameters. In order to utilize a full-picture approach to quality, we utilize all manners of gages, calipers, profilometers, spectrophotometers, coordinate measuring (CMM), statistical process control (SPC), first article inspection (FAI), and 3D laser scanning equipment. We also operate in an RoHS-compliant facility.
Our Quality Engineers practice a rigorous Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process that involves cross-functional teams. However, at Viking Plastics, quality is the responsibility of each and every one of our team members. Our Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) is key. Quality Engineers work with Quality Technicians and Inspectors to validate new products, investigate improvement opportunities, and diagnose other issues a product might have.
Viking Plastics reviews all products and raw materials that we purchase to make sure they are meeting requirements. Once a product’s quality has been approved, we apply an internal lot number that is traced through our entire process and then recorded on the label. In some instances we’ve implemented serialized traceability that is applied directly to the product.
At Viking Plastics we strive for an environment of continuous improvement. We regularly review our abilities in the lab to measure tight tolerances and utilize advanced technology. It’s our commitment to continuously improve, ensuring our ever-growing customer requirements are always met with quality and professionalism.
Where standard measuring tools fall short, Viking Plastics employs other technologies to ensure quality.
Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM)
Our Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM) enables inspection of 3D features and geometric tolerances which would not be possible to inspect using standard tools or vision systems. The CMM machine is programmed to probe parts for measurement at specific locations in accordance with product specifications. Once programmed, the CMM is computer controlled, further reducing inherent operator related variations.
With the complexity of today’s molded parts, there are dimensions that are physically impossible to measure using standard tools, vision and even touch probe machines. To further enhance Viking Plastics’ quality department and ability to produce high quality, complex parts, a 3D laser scanner made by ShapeGrabber was acquired. The new ShapeGrabber laser scanner complements the CMM by allowing our quality department to measure millions of points, in just a matter of minutes. It goes beyond the ability of standard measuring tools, measuring significantly more precisely.
The ShapeGrabber Ai310 takes a full 360° scan of a part and translates it into a point cloud, which can then be overlaid to CAD. Using a color map, we are able to determine every high or low spot in a part using dimensioning tolerances taken from 2D print or CAD. With this capability Viking Plastics can create a 3D PDF that can be sent to the customer allowing them to see possible design improvements.
Testifying to the dedication and commitment of the Viking Plastics Team, we have received supplier excellence awards from Delphi Corporation, General Motors, and Ford Motor Company. To aid in sustaining those standards of excellence, Viking Plastics maintains ISO/TS 16949:2009 and ISO 14001 certifications at our facility in Corry, Pa.