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 – CONTROL OF NONCONFORMING PRODUCT / NONCONFORMANCE PROCESSING

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. Supplier dispositioning authority is limited to “scrap” or “rework”; all other nonconformities that cannot be resolved with a “rework” or “replace” disposition must be submitted to Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”) and held pending disposition.

The supplier shall notify Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company of nonconformities or suspected nonconformities that may affect product already delivered.

Q2 – PRODUCT OR PROCESS CHANGE NOTIFICATION

The supplier shall notify Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company 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 shall be retained for a minimum of (10) years unless otherwise specified and shall be made available upon request.

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 nonconformities, and prevent recurrence.

The supplier agrees to respond within 30 days to any request for corrective action from Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company.

Q9 – REQUIREMENTS FOR DIGITAL DATA (DPD)

When required, Supplier is responsible for controlling all digital data (DPD) provided to the Supplier in accordance with Boeing D6-51991. 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 930 Digital Dataset Control Sheet which shall be provided, with training, by Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company. 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 Expanded Rubber and Plastics Corp. or Schlobohm Company (whichever is the “Purchaser”), to perform work or service under a purchase order, is the property of the Purchaser (or one of its relevant customers) and shall be used only for the work or service defined and required under the purchase order for which the tooling was supplied. 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 purchase order requires the supplier to fabricate such tooling, then it shall be identified according to criteria defined by the purchaser. 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 the purchaser, 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 the purchaser. 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 shall be returned to the purchaser at the end of the purchase order, in the same condition in which it was received. The supplier shall notify the purchaser regarding any problems with special tooling, immediately upon discovery; and shall maintain and store such tooling until formal disposition instructions are received from the purchaser. Under no circumstances shall special tooling be scrapped without prior written authorization from the purchaser.

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, specification information, and identifying information providing traceability to the supplier’s quality records and manufacturing records (as applicable).

Q14 – MATERIAL AND PROCESSING CERTIFICATIONS

When applicable, Supplier shall include material certifications, processing certifications, Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) / Safety Data Sheet (SDS), and certifications for any other special processes performed, including testing.

Q15 – PERISHABLE MATERIALS

When applicable, Supplier shall include shelf life information on all certifications, including Date of Manufacture (DoM) and manufacturer information when required. Perishable materials delivered shall not exceed 75% of shelf life at time of receipt.

Q16 – TIME AND TEMPERATURE SENSITIVE ITEMS

When invoked, Supplier shall include temperature records for the duration of the transportation process.

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