Archive for February, 2017


Vanguard Products Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Status

Posted on: February 21st, 2017 | Posted in: ISO Certification

Since its inception and implementation in 1992, the ISO 9000 standard has been the most globally recognized and utilized quality standard. ( History And Improvements Of ISO 9000) The standard has had many evolutions since its beginnings as the BS 2570 standard, but the overall goal has been consistent:  to ensure the quality of an end product by establishing institutional preventative actions and requiring documented procedures for the production of the product.

 

Even though Vanguard Products had been utilizing these principals for decades in the production of our products, we realized early on that formal impartial third party recognition to the ISO 9001 standard was important to illustrate our commitment and history of producing quality, consistent products.  As a result, we have achieved and consistently maintained our ISO certification for over 10 years.

 

Updated ISO Certification

ISO 9001-2015 Certification

Recently, a new version of the standard has been implemented that adapts the specification to the changing new manufacturing environments which are driven by the complex supply chains, global competition and economies, and instantaneous information access.  These requirements are detailed in the new ISO 9001:2015 standard, and include:

 

  • The establishment of robust management systems
  • Increased top level management involvement and alignment of quality strategies with the overall business strategies
  • Implementation of a risk based quality management system to act as a preventative tool and provide opportunities for continuous improvement

 

These new attributes allow potential customers to be confident that an ISO 9001:2015 certified company has performed the necessary due diligence to service their needs on a quality, timely, consistent, and long term basis.

 

As we move past our 50th Anniversary year into the future, we at Vanguard have quickly embraced this new standard and are pleased to announce that we are one of the early manufacturers to incorporate these philosophies into our quality management system and to achieve ISO 9001:2015 certified status.  View our ISO 9001:2015 Certification

 

We look forward to applying our consistent quality philosophy to your engineered elastomeric needs in both our general rubber and EMI shielding products.

Understanding the Importance of EMI Shielding in Medical Devices

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 | Posted in: EMI Shielding Gaskets, Medical Devices

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) are disturbances generated internally or externally that affect electrical circuits through induction.  They can affect all types of electrical equipment and can come from both natural and man-made sources. The disturbance can cause equipment to malfunction or even stop working.

In everyday life, EMI isn’t a problem that requires us to be all that concerned, as a large number of consumer electronic products are well designed for minimization of the effects of EMI.

Medical devices can be a different case, however.  Historically, these types of devices are difficult to shield from EMI, and the companies that are producing these products have had great difficulty satisfying both the FDA and FCC with respect to EMI issues.  When medical devices are affected, it can be damaging and even life threatening. For example, a ventilator can change breathing rate causing a patient distress due to EMI. Things as simple as cell phones, solar magnetic storms, thunder storms, and even ignition systems can cause problems with EMI. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged the problem and sought to find solutions as well as informing the public about the problems associated with EMI in medical instruments.

The good news is that shielding can help protect sensitive devices from EMI. While this is a good idea for any type of electrical equipment, it is imperative for high-tech devices that are used in medical scenarios such as hospitals and laboratories. Vanguard Products Corporation manufactures EMI shielding products and general rubber products to help with EMI concerns.

Vanguard’s EMI shielding products are used to reduce EMI exposure to electronics and equipment in conjunction with proper enclosure design. Applications currently include blood analyzers, DNA analyzers, and other laboratory type of equipment.

Visit us at the 2017 MDM West/Electronics West/Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, booth 3378 at the Anaheim Convention Center from February 7-9 to see how we can help minimize EMI shielding issues in your medical electronics.  http://www.vanguardproducts.com/whats-new.html