Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corporation is committed to continually improving all products and ensuring that we remain among the quality leaders in the aerospace industry.

Quality Policy

Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corporation is committed to continually improving all products and ensuring that we remain among the quality leaders in the aerospace industry. In addition to our goal of continual improvement, we pledge to:
  • Provide our customers with only the highest quality products and services
  • Provide products and services on time in the best possible way
  • Establish open communication with our customers in order to understand and meet their needs
  • Provide a system of employee involvement, motivation, support and training
 We are committed to maintaining and continually improving a quality system in accordance with the requirements of ISO9001:2008/AS9100C, NADCAP and all regulatory and customer quality requirements.

Current Quality Clauses

Q1 – NONCONFORMING PRODUCT NOTIFICATION

The supplier shall establish and maintain control of product that does not conform to specified requirements to ensure that unintended use or delivery is avoided. Control shall provide for identification, documentation, evaluation, segregation (when practical), disposition of nonconforming product, and for notification to the functions concerned. Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”) shall be notified in writing of nonconforming product, and the supplier shall obtain approval prior to making a nonconforming product disposition.

Q2 – PRODUCT OR PROCESS CHANGE NOTIFICATION

The supplier shall notify Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”) in writing of the following, as applicable: changes in product and/or process, changes of suppliers, changes of manufacturing facility location. When required by contract, the supplier shall obtain approval for such changes prior to making them.

Q3 – FLOWDOWN OF REQUIREMENTS

The supplier shall flow-down all applicable requirements to sub-tier suppliers, including relevant requirements received from Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”).

Q4 – RECORD RETENTION

The supplier shall establish and maintain control of appropriate quality records to demonstrate conformance of the finished product to specified requirements and the

effective operation of the quality system. Quality records shall be legible and identifiable to the product involved. Quality records that substantiate conformance to the finished product with the specified requirements and the effective operation of the quality system shall be retained for a period of seven (7) years and made available on request.

NOTE: Records may be in the form of any type of media, such as hard copy or electronic media.

Q5 – RIGHT OF ACCESS

The supplier shall permit Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”) to review procedures, practices, processes and related documents and records to determine acceptability of the supplier’s quality system. Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”) may elect to survey the supplier periodically to ascertain compliance with requirements which have been made part of contracts. The supplier agrees to provide access to all applicable areas of facilities, and all applicable records. The supplier agrees to cooperate with the conduct of such surveys.

Q6 – FOD CONTROL AND PREVENTION

The supplier shall prevent Foreign Object Debris (FOD) within its production processes. The supplier shall address the key functional requirements of AS9146, and include FOD inspections of product at pertinent points in its production processes. The supplier agrees to report to Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”) any and all FOD contamination incidents relevant to product manufactured or processed in relation to the purchasing documents.

Q7 – COUNTERFEIT PARTS PREVENTION

The supplier shall prevent the inclusion of Counterfeit Work in any product or services delivered to Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”). The supplier shall identify and use only trusted sources for materials and services, and shall purchase of products, materials, and services only from Original Component/Equipment Manufacturers or Original Service Providers, to the greatest extent possible. The supplier shall verify all materials and services, their certifications, and their testing/verification reports prior to incorporating them into the supplier’s production processes and ultimately into any deliverable product.

Counterfeit Work shall include any products or services misrepresented as having been designed or produced under an approved system or otherwise acceptable method; products or services that have exceeded their design-life-limit; products that have been previously used but represented as new; and products damaged beyond acceptable use but altered and misrepresented as acceptable.

The supplier agrees to notify Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”) whenever it suspects that it has, or may have, supplied Counterfeit Work in any of its product or services.

Q8 – ROOT CAUSE CORRECTIVE ACTION (RCCA)

The supplier shall have a Corrective Action process within its management system to correct and eliminate problems that occur. The process shall begin with the identification of the Root Causes of those problems by team of personnel that have been qualified in a recognized RCCA training program. The process shall end in a plan-of-action, developed by a team of personnel responsible for the areas in which the problems occurred. The plan-of-action shall not only correct the problems, but shall prevent the recurrence of those problems by eliminating the identified root causes.

The Corrective Action process shall include problems with products or services provided to Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”) that may be discovered only after delivery by the supplier.

The supplier agrees to respond within 30 days to any request for corrective action from Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company, by completing the appropriate sections of the formal

Q9 – REQUIREMENTS FOR DIGITAL DATA (DPD)

The Supplier is responsible for controlling, in accordance with Boeing D6-51991, all digital data (DPD) provided to the Supplier under this purchase order. This control shall ensure accurate identification, configuration management, reliable storage, and effective control over the transfer, verification, and use of DPD datasets.

When necessary, the Supplier shall flow down these requirements to sub-tier suppliers to ensure compliance to Boeing D6-51991 requirements at all times during the fulfillment of this purchase order.

Prior to receiving DPD datasets from Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company, the Supplier shall either present evidence that it is certified to D6-51991 by Boeing, or the Supplier shall acknowledge and execute a Form 930Digital Dataset Control Sheet which shall be provided, with training, by Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company. The Form 930 shall be used by the Supplier for sub-tier suppliers when used.

The Supplier shall notify Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company within 30 days of any changes made by the Supplier to its documented DPD processes or DPD software/hardware procedures. The Supplier shall notify Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company immediately of any problems that may occur during the use of the DPD datasets in relation to their integrity or functionality.

Q10 – DELETED

Q11 – REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL TOOLING

Special tooling provided to the supplier by ERP, to perform work or service under this purchasing contract, is the property of ERP, or one of its relevant customers, and shall be used only for the work or service defined and required under this purchasing contract. The supplier assumes all risk of loss or damage to such special tooling while in supplier’s possession, custody, or control, or in the possession, custody, or control of supplier’s sub-tier contractors. The supplier shall promptly report all cases of loss, damage, or destruction of such special tooling in its possession or the possession of its sub-tier contractors.

Special tooling shall be indexed and controlled by the supplier, and its sub-tier contractors, using the identification provided in the purchasing contract, and stamped

or fixed on the various components of the special tooling. If the purchasing contract requires the supplier to fabricate such tooling, then it shall be identified according to criteria defined by ERP in this purchasing contract. Special tooling shall be handled by the supplier, and its sub-tier contractors, in a manner that will protect the tooling from damage or deterioration; and such tooling shall be subject to examination by ERP, or its relevant customer, at any time while it is in the possession of the supplier or its sub-tier contractors.

No modifications shall be made to special tooling by the supplier, or its sub-tier contractors, without prior written authorization from ERP. All special tooling shall be maintained in good repair while in the supplier’s possession, or in the possession of its sub-tier contractors. Prior to the shipping or storage of special tooling, all critical surfaces or edges shall be masked and treated with an approved rust-preventive compound; and a protective finish shall be applied to non-critical surfaces that may be subject to rust or corrosion.

All special tooling supplied by ERP, or produced by the supplier on behalf of ERP, shall be returned to ERP at the end of the purchasing contract, unless otherwise instructed in writing by ERP. All special tooling shall be returned in the same condition that it was received, by the supplier. The supplier shall notify ERP regarding any problems with special tooling, immediately upon discovery; and shall maintain and store such tooling until formal disposition instructions are received from ERP. Under no circumstances shall special tooling be scrapped without prior written authorization from ERP, or its relevant customer.

Q12 – FIRST ARTICLE INSPECTION / FIRST ARTICLE INSPECTION REPORT

AS9102 (or equivalent) First Article Inspection Report is required. Supplier is to provide FAIR with first shipment of product, in addition to retaining on file.

Q13 – CERTIFICATE OF CONFORMANCE

Certificate of Conformance, signed by a representative of the supplier’s Quality organization, shall be provided with each shipment. Certificate of Conformance shall include buyer’s purchase order number, part number, and identifying information providing traceability to the supplier’s quality records and manufacturing records (as applicable).

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