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LAI International facility becomes first-ever company to earn certification for Nadcap conventional machining

LAI International, Inc., a strategic supplier of precision components and subassemblies for original equipment manufacturers, announced its Maine production facility is the world's first manufacturer to achieve Nadcap certified for conventional machining.

Rich Technology International, an LAI International company, became the first company in the world certified for Nadcap conventional machining May 5. Its Nadcap-accredited conventional machining processes include broaching, edge treatment, hole-making, grinding, milling and turning.

"LAI volunteered as a pilot program, completed rigorous audits and became the first ever to be approved and accredited," Rick Scott, quality manager, Rich Technology International, said.

"We earned Nadcap accreditation by demonstrating our ongoing commitment to quality through satisfying our customer requirements and industry specifications," Bree Costas, plant manager, Rich Technology International, said. "This achievement represents hard work and attention to detail by the entire team."

All of LAI International's five manufacturing facilities are certified to IS0 9001:2008 and AS9100. In addition to Nadcap certification for conventional machining, Rich Technology International also is Nadcap certified for nonconventional machining, including laser machining, welding and electrical discharge machining or EDM. LAI Southwestern Laser, LAI International's facility in Tucson, Ariz., also is Nadcap certified for laser machining.

"Achieving Nadcap accreditation is not easy," said Arshad Hafeez, executive director of Global Business Development and Corporate Strategies, Research & Development, Performance Review Institute. "It is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies those who excel at manufacturing quality product through superior special processes."

Nadcap, formerly NADCAP, the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program, is a global cooperative standards-setting program for aerospace engineering, defense and and related industries. The Nadcap program, as a part of Performance Review Institute, was created in 1990 by the Society of Automotive Engineers and is headquartered in Warrendale, Penn.

"Companies such as Rich Technology International, an LAI International company, work hard to obtain this status and they should be justifiably proud of it," Hafeez said. "PRI is proud to support continual improvement in the aerospace industry by helping companies such as Rich Technology International and LAI International be successful, and we look forward to continuing to assist the industry."

Press release issued by LAI International, Inc. on May 14, 2010


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